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Old 02-10-2012, 12:45 PM   #10
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Re: D: Direction, Decision, and Discipline

Too many very good points expressed far too well for me to summarize here.

The Tao Te Ching speaks of a kind of aimlessness as appropriate. But I think it's a very particular kind of mindful aimlessness, much like the quality of wandering referenced in the famous Tolkien quote.

We follow a path. The path has outcomes. We expect a path to take us somewhere, either toward destinations or through way-stations. There's nothing wrong with destinations or goals, and I get tired of hearing people say that it's the journey and not the destination. At the same time, while travelers may have a goal, the path does not.

There's something to be said for being both traveler and path. I believe your article speaks to this very nicely.
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