how do you know who knows?

hedgehog ask - July 22, 2014d
 

As with so many men…

I’d rather not ask for directions.  I’d rather find things on my own.

A recent dream tells of this tendency…

In the dream…

I’m at a stop for several different city bus lines.  The sidewalk for this terminus circles a small round concrete building.

I don’t see a sign for the bus I want.

I go around and around the sidewalk, looking for the sign.  I’ve caught that bus here before, so I should be able to find it.

Several students are casually waiting around.

After much thought, I still don’t know what that bus represents in my life…

Nonetheless, I’ve learned two important things about my mindset from this dream…

The first one comes from my use of the word “should”.  As in: the bus sign should be here…

Yes, I’ve caught the bus there before, but things change—bus lines change.  What worked in the past doesn’t always work in the present…

My other mistake is just as obvious…

I don’t even consider asking any of the students about the bus I want.

I like to feel that I can find my own way through this world.  Generally speaking, that’s a positive trait…

But there’s a time and place to ask for help—to ask for guidance…

Of course, there’s no guarantee those bystanders will know.  For that matter, they might even give me the wrong information—that’s always a hazard when going to outside sources for assistance…

It’s a big dilemma for all of us—whose information can we trust?

I guess we first have to trust ourselves, purblind though we may be: we have to rely on our own judgment.

So, I guess I can take some comfort from this idea: even when I must ask for help, I still have to rely on myself to some degree…
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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