Which Way?

David Price
3 min readApr 24, 2020
Art by Denis Sarazhin

Symptoms invite us to reconsider our maps, revisit the terrain, revision our journeys, and reconsider our purposes. Finding that the map we have been using is no longer adequate is always disconcerting, even anxiety provoking, but it is the beginning of a process by which we come to a better map, a different terrain, a more considered life. ~ James Hollis ~

If you want to go your individual way it is the way you make for yourself, which is never prescribed, which you do not know in advance, and which simply comes into being of itself when you put one foot in front of the other. If you always do the next thing that needs to be done, you will go most safely and surefootedly along the path prescribed by your unconscious.
~ C.G.Jung

“My grandmother once gave me a tip:
In difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by little.
Don’t think about the future, or what may happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Remove the dust.
Write a letter.
Make a soup.
You see?
You are advancing step by step.
Take a step and stop.
Rest a little.
Praise yourself.
Take another step.
Then another.
You won’t notice, but your steps will grow more and more.
And the time will come when you can think about the future without crying.” ~ Elena Mikhalkova ❤

This will not be easy. There will be upheaval, grief, uncertainty. Individually and collectively, we will search for our stable center, for some true sense of direction.

We have failed badly, coming within a hair’s breadth of destroying the fundaments of life on Earth. This “feedback event” is saying one thing — pay attention, don’t be so careless, don’t be so self centered. Like a schoolchild who misbehaved, we sit in the corner having our time out and contemplating our sins.

But our “consequences” are just beginning if we can’t identify what in our thinking has created this moment. If the punishment equals the crime…



David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.