Wandering is a good thing


I thought I would take a moment to quickly dissect a quote from one of my favorite authors of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, who wrote – “all that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost” and relate it to THPL. An interesting quote for sure, it is simple, and seemingly easy enough to understand but I hear many a statement that would lead me to believe that some people find wandering to be a state of lower performance and  in fact they conclude that wandering = lost, that those who wander do not have a mission or purpose.  Ooops, not sure about that conclusion.  See, for  those of THPL we find this wandering thing curious, for sure, and we realize that it is part of the essence of THPL, as counter-intuitive as that might sound..  And so, if it is that others think wandering = lost then we need to do a better job of educating others on how wandering contributes to learning and growing.

In THPL we are very explicit about the fact that we do not proscribe behavior nor do we chart the path forward for anyone, including ourselves.  Rather we trust and feel our way forward with mission and purpose.  The learning that goes along the way is often subtle and not obvious.  The best people I have seen who endeavor to live THPL are constantly in “learning” mode.  Their receptors are always on, they take in all around themselves, and their “state” of constant observation is how they learn.  Social science  tells us that to understand requires comprehensive observation, the casting of a wide net to get broad input and the confidence to zig and zag in unfamiliar settings so that routine does not block out what they can learn from what they see and observe.  With a true and honest sentiment we can see that  wandering is a “real” learning approach that connects many aspects of THPL including active learning, testing and validating, and in this case wandering. 

So, if you are on the side of being the wanderer – use it to your advantage, soak up all you can, worry none about others who want you to follow the straight and narrow.  The traditional approach tends to provide less input than you need  for THPL and what you need to grow and develop ( secret -  do not follow the traditional approach) .  And when you see someone else wandering, please avoid the tendency to get them back in line.  Let them wander, let serendipity enable learning and growth and support them as you see fit as they venture forward.  Seems to me  that you get the best of both worlds when you realize that in fact all who wander are not lost.

Felt quite frisky tonight, even after a seven mile trail run and 90 minutes on the spin bike, Sally finished strong at 3:26 + 20 seconds and the 212 pushups done on 4:17.  Time to keep working it.

Loving life and soaking up the sun for sure