If we meet the world with an open mind, receptive to what we encounter, the world will give us ample food for creative thought. Here are four situations I experienced recently. Each one of them got me thinking about broader meanings.
The tourist: While out running late one sunny Saturday afternoon, I encountered a foreign tourist on a pedestrian bridge. He was carrying a travel guide and a big map of Bangkok, looking confused and lost. He asked me, "Excuse me, can you tell me what this road is?" I said, "That's the Expressway, and down there is Wireless Road." The tourist still looked confused, so I said, "Let me help you. Where do you want to go?"
He looked at me and, seemingly surprised at himself, answered, "I don't know." "Well," I said, "then it doesn't matter where you go. Every direction will lead you to your destination." I left him behind and continued running, wondering how many people and businesses simply go, without knowing where they want to wind up.
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