Driving the Drift
- "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things
I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
- And wisdom to know the difference."
- I try to keep in mind that we are the common denominator
in our own lives, both the drifting and driving has led us to exactly
where and who we are in this moment.
"[W]hen you go through life … it all seems accidental at the time it is happening. Then when you get on in your 60s or 70s and look back, your life looks like a well-planned novel with a coherent theme … Incidents that seemed accidental, pure chance, turn out to be major elements in the structuring of this novel. Schopenhauer says, ‘Who wrote this novel? You did."
~Joseph Campbell from his book, Mythic worlds, modern words.
- Here's one of my favorite poems about drifting and driving:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
- As for me, I try to remind myself that the surfer can control his own board, but not the ocean.
Ok, philosophical soapbox session officially done! =)
Thanks again Josh for your comment that took me on my little fortune cookie journey.
All the best,