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The Poet’s Corner – Occupy Uncertainty – by Dale Biron

Occupy Uncertainty?

An executive coaching client recently said to me . . . “I simply don’t know what my next best career move is,” yet at this moment I feel fine with not knowing. He felt confident that his passions and interests would guide him if he simply remained aware and focused. And if he just kept putting one foot in front of another with intention.

At the same time a fledgling American protest movement speaks in a thousand voices that do not wrap up into a tidy list of demands. They seek fundamental changes in our nation regarding economic fairness. They seem confident they are moving in the right direction, even if they only know one step at a time. Even if everything has not fully jelled nor made itself clear . . . just yet.

The great Spanish poet Antonio Machado (Translation by Robert Bly) had some interesting lines on this very subject.


‘Traveler, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.

‘Traveller, the path is your tracks
And nothing more.
Traveller, there is no path
The path is made by walking.
By walking you make a path
And turning, you look back
At a way you will never tread again
Traveller, there is no road
Only wakes in the sea.

Here are some questions to consider. Where is your uncertainty actually serving and even protecting you from misstep? And alternatively where might you have decided on something . . . a little too quickly? In other words, where might certainty be preventing you from finding your real and true path?

Here’s the thing. There are times when uncertainty is indeed the wisest place to be. There are times when not knowing is all we can know . . . for sure.

Of course if you have a thought or an opinion about either the Machado poem or my comments, I would love to hear from you. Write me at: dale@dalebiron.com