Lost

Lost

by David Wagner

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen.

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How often do we feel metaphorically, if not literally, lost in our lives? When we lack clarity and vision, we often begin to run faster, change direction, backtrack, try anything that we think might show us which way to go.

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. – This poem tells us simply: stand still; you are not lost. For a moment, stop reflexively turning, running, hurrying and just stand still. This being still is not a passive, frozen state. It is saying, let the world come to you, show itself to you. Let yourself be receptive.

Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known – Because this forest that is your life is complex and not always known to you, you must respectfully ask to become familiar with it and also allow yourself to be known, to develop a vital relationship with yourself.

The forest breathes. Listen. – Sometimes my life seems to lose focus and I feel myself begin to look outward for answers, grasping and rejecting all manner of direction. And sometimes those two words will come to me, Stand still, and I do. I listen and pay attention without trying to figure out which way will lead me out of the forest of my confusion. I try to just be with wherever is Here until the wisdom of that place is revealed to me.

Next time you are feeling lost and a frantic hurry-up-and-fix-it energy is rising up in you, trying being still, letting the wisdom within speak to you. What might you hear?

 

7 thoughts on “Lost

  1. I made a sign for my writing studio in Virginia that read:
    Don’t be afraid of getting lost.
    You always find your way.

    I have a terrible sense of (geographic) direction. But when I pay attention to my inner direction and locate myself right where I sm, I always find my way.

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  2. Thanks Jan. Love this poem. Remember it from David Whyte’s book. Appreciate you reminding me of the power and the beauty of poetry.
    Margaret

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  3. Excellent imagery and expression of words. The poem is filled with a load of meaning and is very inspiring.
    It is not just philosophical but also practical.
    It will inspire many to follow the advise of standing still and allowing life to unfold.
    Standing still is not passive. It is action within.
    Thanks for a beautiful poem David. Thanks so much.

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