Lost and Found

Posted on Sunday, November 7, 2010 in Courage

person in the forest


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

–David Wagoner

It feels like we are living in unprecedented times. Economic turmoil, climate change, and terrorism are just a few of the challenges.

In some ways we are living in unprecedented times. This period of history has never passed before. The combination of challenges is unique.

In other ways, we are not. The United States and the world have experienced severe economic difficulties previously. People have confronted different combinations of challenges unique to their time.

What is clear is that we are experiencing a period of major change, which can provoke feelings of worry and fear, and evoke desperate action.

“Lost” suggests that we need to “stand still” and treat being “here” as a “powerful stranger.”

To move from the known into the unknown is never emotionally easy.

What if, instead of rushing to action, the courageous thing would be to stand still and listen to the silences?

What wisdom would we find?

Image: Yashna M

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