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“Drift, Wait and Obey”

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“I drift, wait and obey” – Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen is the composer who was charged to write the score for the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. He wrote every piece of music for the movie and was very pleased with his work. Yet he knew there was still the one song that would pull the whole experience together. He knew it wouldn’t be complete without that one song, yet was a blank. Instead of resisting and being frustrated about his lack of creativity for this most pivotal part, he decided to do what may seem like the last thing he should do. He went on a date with his wife. He stepped away and decided to enjoy his lunch time. On way home a burst of inspiration came over him and he told his wife to pull over from driving. He quickly scribbled out whole song on scrap paper. The song was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. And it did make the whole movie come together.

Insight comes from waiting silently in the space of not knowing.

Don’t resist. Don’t even resist not resisting. Go and be open to the best answer you would have missed if you stayed distraught about not having the “right” answer! Or in the light of Harold’s quote, when you have a problem that you do not have a solution for, allow yourself to drift and wait and when the answer comes, obey.

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