February 20

Today's quotation:

It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry

Today's Meditation:

When I was growing up, I always got the impression that feeling lost was a bad thing.  Adults talked about it as if it were something that shouldn't happen and something that they wish wouldn't happen.  Sometimes, though, I just feel that I'm directionless and that I have no idea what the future may bring--and I've learned to value these times, for I know then that life is trying to tell me something and that I need to relax and listen to what life has to say.

When we "know" just what to do and how we're going to do it, we're not really open to listening and trying to find new directions.  After all, since we're so sure of where we're going, we don't really need to revise anything, do we?  When everything's all planned out, we feel pretty secure and in control.

But perhaps our true callings are wrapped in the glow of the unknown.  Perhaps those things that we're meant to do with our lives can come only when we're not sure of ourselves and our directions--only when we're open to receiving messages in different ways than we're used to.

If I know my job very well and I always know what I need to do, I don't necessarily need to listen to advice because I pretty much know what to do in most situations.  When I think I know where my life is headed, I may not heed the voices that are giving me different messages than those I'm used to, for I know what to do in most situations.  But when we're open to taking those first few steps into uncharted territory, we may be opening our lives to new directions and new visions that we might never have discovered in any other way. 

Questions to consider:

How do you feel when you feel "lost" or "directionless"?

When does life give us most of our most important messages?  When everything seems to be going very well, or in more trying times?

What kinds of messages might we get when we don't know which way to go?

For further thought:

Have you ever seen an inchworm crawl up a leaf or a twig, and then, clinging to the very end, revolve in the air, feeling for something, to reach something?  That's like me.  I am trying to find something out there beyond the place on which I have footing.

Albert P. Ryder



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