“In the middle of our walk of life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost”.

Dante, The Divine Comedy

Sometimes in life, you may find yourself lost, alone, in a dark wood. You have lost your way. You might feel disoriented, confused. You don’t know which way to turn. 

If you find yourself lost, the first thing to do is pause. Stop moving. Take a few deep breaths. Look around. Look back at the way you have come. Do you see any clues that might help you find your way? 

Being lost can generate anxiety. You don’t know where you are or where you are going. But you can also see this as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, an adventure, a problem to solve. If you’re with a group, you can find your way in the dark by walking forward together, feeling your way, and calling out what you find as you go.

Are you feeling lost? How can you turn that feeling into an opportunity? Can you feel your way forward? Can you call out to others? Could this be a good time to reflect, find yourself, forge a new path, create a new life?

See also: Doom loop, Hole, Fog, Maze, Pain map, Tipping point.


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