Trust the Stream
Earlier this week I had a conversation with a “fast talker, ” someone who spoke incessantly and rarely paused to take a breath. He was a good guy, a nice guy but wore me out with the amount of words he could fit into a small section of time.
After a while, when he had lost some steam, I remarked that he seemed a person with great passion, energy and drive but that I wasn’t sure he knew where he was going with his life. This sparked a new barrage of words, ideas and assumptions about several directions he felt called to travel. When he inhaled I asked him how he was going to decide which way to go. Silence. Finally.
We then went on to discuss the importance of stillness, living in the present now and not predicting a future we have no way of deciphering.
“Your life is like looking through muddy water.” I told him. “Until you stop splashing around in all directions, the confusion and uncertainty will not sink and settle so that you can see clearly.”
Wisdom tells us that purpose and clarity are like a leaf floating in a stream. We do not try to grab the leaf before it passes us by but trust the stream to bring the leaf to us.