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Current state of mind…

Current state of mind...

“Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one decision leads you to another, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which aided by several detours — long hallways and unforeseen stairwells — eventually puts you in the place you are now. Every choice lays down a trail of bread crumbs, so that when you look behind you there appears to be a very clear path that points straight to the place where you now stand. But when you look ahead there isn’t a bread crumb in sight — there are just a few shrubs, a bunch of trees, a handful of skittish woodland creatures. You glance from left to right and find no indication of which way you’re supposed to go. And so you stand there, sniffing at the wind, looking for directional clues in the growth patterns of moss, and you think, What now?

Borrowing in part from great scientists and in part from great poets, Patchett advocates for embracing uncertainty as a positive force:

Sometimes not having any idea where we’re going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.”

via brainpickings : http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/02/26/what-now-ann-patchett/

Photo: Alma P. Gamil
Cabugawan River, Barangay Mabuhay Bulusan, Philippines

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3 thoughts on “Current state of mind…

  1. The interplay of tone and hue creates an imagery that could be seen or interpreted in many ways. Water is an enigmatic painter. Open to embrace any form, keen to follow any direction, always seeking balance. This photo is above the rest. Thanks, Jane!

  2. Salamat po ( Thank you) for the beautiful interpretation! Reminds me of the analogy of water in Lao Tzu’s TaoTe Ching…
    re photo: the balanced state of of this water body is the object of my meditation here. The ‘current’ refers to the fresh water stream but it can also mean my current state of mind captured perfectly by the last line of the post 🙂

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