Wonder or wander?

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.”

Arapaho

I wonder how much growth and change has been initiated by ideas that occur when people are “in the shower.”  I know that this is a cliche but it certainly appears to be true from folks that I talk with regularly.  Getting outside of a normal thinking environment and allowing your mind to work unburdened by daily stress and routine demands is so important.  

Now though, it makes me think of the quote differently.  What if you changed just one letter in the above?  What if it read, “If we wander often, the gift of knowledge will come.” I think I wonder best when I wander… 

 

2 responses

  1. Thought-provoking, Dusty. Something tells me that Hawaii is breath-taking.

    First, Ecclesiastes 3 came to mind. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Perhaps adding: there is a time to wonder, and a time for certainty. There is a time to wander, and a time to focus.

    Then the book, The E-Myth, came to mind. The entrepreneur wonders and wanders, the manager demands certainty, and the technician wants to stay focused. All are necessary I think, but harmonizing them is the holy grail of creating something extraordinary.

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