Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 August 2016

Where ya goin?

Where ARE you going? How are you going? Are you going with the wind? It’s easier. 

Are you blowing with the wind? (Ignore cue to Bob Dylan.) 

Do you prefer moving along with the culture of the day? with the ideas of your group of partisans? with the consensus of your friends? 

The counter questions: 

If needed, can you swim upstream or ride into the wind? Will you?

Today Jim Denison raised similar questions in his excellent post on resilience. He used this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life:
‘Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Will you set your sails to reach your goals no matter what way the winds blow?

Will you set your soul to do what’s right no matter what way culture moves?

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