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"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
QUESTION TO PONDER
Q: Where is the beginning of your dream? What is the first step that will set you on the path? What step can you take today, and tomorrow, to start moving towards flight?
THE WILD ABOUT WORK AUDIOSNACK
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Title: Learning to fly
Length: 1 minute 47 seconds
Size: 1.64 MB
When I read the Nietzsche quote in this issue of the Wild About Work (sm) newsletter, something about it really struck a chord for me. The words he used reminded me of little kids getting progressively more and more exuberant about the way they're experiencing the world. "He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
First they learn to stand, then they get a little mobile. Then they start to put some speed behind that mobility. Then they add a bit of vertical exploration to the mix, climbing around like a monkey. Next thing you know, they're dancing for the sheer joy of
And then, only then, do they start to fly.
The idea that taking flight is a process is important, no doubt about that, but even more important is the idea that the energy is building along the way. They're relishing each step. They're not eyeing the horizon impatiently wishing the flight would hurry up. They're running races, and hanging upside down from a tree branch. Every step of the way is filled with delight.
And that's the way it can be in our lives, if we let it. We can celebrate the process. We can grin from ear to ear when we learn something new, rather than discounting it and focusing instead on the fact that we have "so much more to learn." Stop and wonder, just for the heck of it. Learn by playing. Learn by exploring.
The more you delight in the process, the more you delight in life. And the more you delight in life, the more energy you have to put into learning to fly.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM