My mentor, Frederick Tucker’s favourite anecdote was of a traveller who had wandered off his route. He had no clue as to where he had reached and how to get back to his original road. After going around in circles, he looked around to ask for help.
Upon sighting an old man, he confided, ‘I have gone astray. Please help me find my way.’ The old man queried, ‘do you know where you have come from?’ On receiving a reply in the affirmative, the elderly person prodded on, ‘Do you know where you want to go?’ The traveller nodded again.
The wise man calmly uttered a great truth, ‘if you know where you have come from and where you want to go, then you are not astray. You just need the connection to your way!’
Whenever astray, we can reconnect to our destination by recognizing the co-relation of the present location and possibilities of a newer and different approach rather than just trying to get back to the old path. It is pertinent to note that being astray is an opportunity for discovering new paradigms.
Never mind the turns in the maze... you will never be astray
If you know where you come from and where leads your way!
- Pravin K. Sabnis