Saturday, October 31, 2009

Take a Pause to Ponder ...




The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain
And simple to express:
Err
And err 
And err again
But less
And less
And less.

~Piat Hein, Danish poet



11 comments:

Christine Claire Reed said...

Ahhh...just perfect after the weeks we've had. :)

Life Potentials Network said...

What a beautiful, simple and wise poem! And gorgeous picture! Thank you, Jan. Reminds us that erring is not the end, but just part of the process! I love the example of Edison who had at least 1000 experiments while developing the light bulb that did not work. Instead of calling them failures, he said, well, I've found another way that doesn't work! Not giving up and remaining focused on the goal is key....xo

Sharmila said...

This is perfect, beautiful! I've had lots of ponderings lately and this photo helped me to rest in the pause amidst the emotions and all that comes with it! ;) Thank-you! ~Sharmila

Cheryl Wright said...

Oh goodie, a path in the hills. Thanks Jan. I wonder where it leads.

My question: What am I willing to risk, to sacrifice for a chance to discover the unknown?

Sandi Delia said...

I love this poem! How long I've spent trying to do things perfectly, which lead to a lot of misery. In the past several years, I've learned to adore making mistakes. Funny how it is that I don't notice either perfection or mistakes so much anymore. It's all just possibility.

Sandi
(Angel Wings)

Nadia - Happy Lotus said...

Hi Jan,

Yay for erring less and less as we go on the journey of life! What a beautiful description of the journey. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Wilma Ham said...

I love what Sandi said, life is all about possibilities and I would add forgiveness.
What hurts me the most is being hold captive by my past mistakes and having them thrown back into my face over and over again.
We err, mostly out of ignorance and the sooner we forgive and learn in a loving community, the sooner we will stop suffering and start to live from possibility.
May we err while going further into those lovely hills steppping lightly and lovingly despite our so called mishaps.

Nina P. said...

If we err and don't learn from it only to err again, where is the lesson, where is the wisdom gained. But, to err and err but less and less means we are learning as we go. .. Gaining wisdom One step at a time. I simply love the photo. It's an invitation to walk softly on the path of life. Beauty is all around if we only stop to see. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

Jan said...

Christine,
Yes, it is. This journey is not about perfection or even getting it right, but learning from every step we take. May we dance through life gently, eh?

Diantha,
Oh, Edison is such a perfect example of this principle. As is Abraham Lincoln. Did you ever read his life story in terms of failures? Amazing!
So may we accept ourselves as we are, right where we are, trusting our unfolding.

Sharmilla,
The "Pause that Refreshes" I call it. To allow ourselves to be still and know that we are on the right path, no matter what. :-)

Cheryl,
This is a very powerful question. Very big! Are you having any breakthroughs with it? The path is often so mysterious but as long as we stay faithful it WILL take us exactly to where we need to go. (I do love pictures of paths, by the way. I have one hanging in my bedroom. :-)

Jan said...

Sandi,
Haven't we all??? This is a very big problem, esp. for women in the US. We can make a new choice, as you are obviously doing. I love your words about choosing possibility.

Nadia,
I liked this very much too. And it allows us to soften toward ourselves.

Wilma,
Yes, it is hard when the mistakes keep getting thrown back up at us. Forgiveness of self AND others is key. Though, personally, I don't use the word "forgiveness" very much. I prefer "compassion" instead. That seems to do the trick for me!

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

I had a wonderful conversation with a dear, wise friend today about non-duality and the possibility that there really are no mistakes, that the concepts of right and wrong are judgements and if we don't judge, then the experiences are just what IS. When we release judgement, it's all just possibility, as Sandi Delia said. I'm still trying to distill this concept ...