Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This example was given in a class I am taking:
A man asked a Native American, How do you make a canoe? The Native American answered, Oh that is easy. You get a long and take out everything that is not canoe.
So to be our best selves what do we have to do? Take out everything that is not part of our best self. Sounds easy and reasonable, until we roll up our sleeves and get to work.
The best thing is that we don't have to do it all right now. We can do a little bit day by day, choice by choice. Choose to succeed for this hour and if that is too long choose this minute (second). Have you watched the carvers? The use a tool that just takes out a bit of wood with each stroke. I have also noticed that as they get closer to the goal sometimes the pull out tiny tools that make magnificent changes in the end but each stroke only changes a little bit.
It is kind of fun in a way to see what is being taken out to become my best self. What will I be carved into? I don't know if I will recognize me. But, this adventure is sure interesting.