I first heard this phrase while in Business School in my early twenties and it has stuck with me for a long time. I was about to put this quote on a marketing email and went to look up the person who said it, and the first few google search links said Lewis Carroll – the author of Alice in Wonderland. Great, job done, let’s finish that marketing email.
WAIT A SECOND!!!
5 or 6 links down I find this post:
And realize that Lewis Carroll is not the person who said this phrase and it in fact seems to run counter to how he actually lived his life and created the fabulous tales of Alice in Wonderland.
Whoa, this has me questioning everything I’ve learned about goal-setting and focus, and yet, reaffirming lots of things I know from life experience too.
I’m more like Lewis Carroll than I realized. I love the aimless wandering as long as I’m enjoying what I’m exploring and if not, enjoying the not enjoying of it in some fabulous self-discovery fashion to see and love the WHOLE OF ME so that I can see and love the WHOLE OF OTHERS too.
So let this be a lesson for us all today. Question what you’ve taken as “truth” for years or perhaps even decades and ask yourself if it still rings true for you today and consciously discard what is no longer needed.
Yours in empowerment,