Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I learn by going where I have to go

I have been talking to my friends from all walks of life and reading other author's blogs and the one question that keeps coming up in various forms can perhaps be summarized as follows: "Am I on the right path? Should I turn left or right? What if I find out after several years that I took the wrong turn, that I should've done this or done that instead of wasting my time on this or that?"

I guess we'll never know, if we don't start walking. It reminded me of the following poem by Theodore Roethke:

The Waking by Theodore Roethke

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go."

Have a wonderful day!

4 comments:

  1. We can't constantly question where we're going, or else we'll go nowhere.

    -Neal

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  2. Hi Neal, you're right, just start walking, you'll find something worthwhile wherever you turn.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this poem, Christa. "I learn by going where I have to go." is my motto for a recent decision. :-)

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