Life is full of decisions, some easy, some not so easy, and some where there simply isn’t a clear choice. You can meditate on it, talk to “The Guys Upstairs,” make lists of pros and cons, nothing you do gives you a clear answer. In those cases, you simply have to take a deep breath and step off the curb – after looking both ways to make sure there isn’t a bus bearing down on you at 35mph (56 Kilometers per hour). You just have to trust that “you will find the answers as you go.”
A while ago, my good friend Dirk sent me a link to The Archdruid Report, a blog by John Michael Greer, the Grand Achdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA) titled Solivitur Ambulando. According to John Michael Greer, loosely translated, this Latin phrase means, “you will find the answers as you go.” In his post he talks about the fact that we are going to be facing some turning points and that solutions to some of these problems are probably not going to be clear and that sometimes the best course of action is simply to take a step.
Over the past decade or two instead of moving forward toward solutions to the growing crises that are looming, we seem content to stand still and debate the issues into the ground like a bunch of adolescents arguing over which gaming console is better: Nintendo Wii or XBox. Solutions to our problems are not going to come running up to us, we have to move toward the solutions by making choices. Mistakes will be made, but if we are honest with ourselves about whether or not our path is leading us where we need to go, we can make adjustments and changes to our path. In other words, we will find the answers as we go.
I have not yet read all of John Michael Greer’s posts, but the several that I have read have lead me to include his blog in my blogroll. He has a wonderful writing style, and more importantly, he makes sense. I suggest you stop by his blog and give it a read. I think you will be glad you did.