Pádraig Ó Tuama relates the anecdote about a person who asked a scientist how to make bread from scratch. Well, the scientist said, first you have to invent the universe.
He shares another, from his home country of Ireland, about a tourist who’s lost while driving around. How do I get on the road to Dublin? they ask a local. First thing to say is that I wouldn’t start from here, the local replies.
In addition to being funny, those anecdotes also contain profound wisdom: None of us are alone (you can’t make bread from scratch, you’re in a long line of humanity that’s made bread) and there are poor places to begin something.
A good reframe has the power not only to change our orientation to reality, but to reveal new wisdom – not only about what we’re looking at, but about ourselves.
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