Although my godmother passed recently, my godfather is still alive and continues to occupy a sprawling 3000 square foot menagerie in the hills of Grants Pass, Oregon. Their panoramic view includes a pyramid mountain and a dragon back of rolling hills forms the perimeter. Abundant sweet drinking water pours from their well.
Each 4th of July for the past twenty years while my godmother lived we held an annual spiritual retreat attended by a global family of over 150 folks. During the intensity of the weekend, I always hiked down the hill past a walnut grove and around the bend to one of my favorite rural dirt roads. Mustard wildflowers, poppies and wild lavender lined the path. The summer heat never discouraged insects and prolific honeybees hovered over the blossoms.
The real draw of this piece of earth wasn’t the colorful foliage or natural aura, but the slow year-after-year overgrowth from lack of use. The path was transitioning into pure countryside.
Road Less Taken
The Oregon country road was a profound experience in how to change. When you want to create a new habit, belief or lifestyle, stroll across a new path or play a new groove in your mind. The old will disintegrate from lack of use. Finally like the road less taken, it returns to pure countryside while your new behavior is rooted in place.
In the same way, we can apply this idea to our social structures, our political processes, and our economies: by building a better system, we make the faulty one obsolete.
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