As I have traveled on my journey, I have traveled with many individuals, teams and families while on their journey. I have never found a circumstance where we were not “lost” from time to time. Sometimes it was a slow dawning realization of that fact we were lost; while at other times, it was a sudden realization that shouted to us that we were way off track.
At those times when the realization is so sudden, what do you do?
When I have been lost while driving, I have never turned the radio up louder and asked everyone to talk more. Yet sometimes I see others doing this. There are those individuals that when lost, they do more of what they have been doing. They take more action. They push harder. They turn inwards.
Typically, I will turn off the radio. I ask everyone to be quiet or to quietly look for a specific landmark. I slow down. I may even pull over and think back on what has been happening to determine what I am certain of and what is not accurate. I try to look outwards at what is clear and definite.
When I apply the “getting lost in a car” analogy to real life, I realize that when I was younger I would “work harder” and “be louder”. Now that I am older and a bit wiser, these quiet times, mediation, classical music, journal keeping and reflecting on what has happened along with other tools have become more powerful.
If I had used some of these tools more frequently in my life, my life would have been a more powerful example of what can happen when we pay attention. Silence allows us to identify what is most important. However, silence is also very fragile. It reminds me of the old riddle, “What is it that when you say its name, it is no longer there?” The answer: silence.
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