#SOL16: A Paradox


A wise fool

Foolish wisdom

To act

Or not to act

To think, to plan, to reason out all possibilities

To jump in head first, risking all, tackling challenges

To listen, to ponder, to listen some more

To speak, to challenge, to dare

A consummate team member

Boldly lead where no one has charted course



What are the roles that you serve throughout the day? Through out your job?  Throughout your life?

When are you encouraged to think? To act?  To dare?  To do?

When are you discouraged from thinking? From acting?  From doing what needs to be done?

Is there a middle road? Not black. Not white. But gray.  How does one stay true to oneself and yet also meet the needs of others?  Where is the fine line between being self serving and being a servant to others?  What role does reflection play?  

slice of life

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10 responses

  1. I like your poem. And your questions at the end make one think. Ahhh….you must be a teacher. 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      Always wondering.
      Always thinking.
      Always questioning!

      And, yes, you guessed it!

  2. Questions we all must answer now, ready for the coming challenges. Thanks, Fran! You always make me think!

    1. So many questions always, Linda. I’m not sure what makes me so curious!!!

  3. Thoughtful questions, Fran…I’m looking forward to having winter break to ruminate over these and other issues of concern.

    1. Tara,
      I hope you have a lot of time! The question pile is becoming a mountain! ❤

  4. Your questions really made me think, Fran. The more I thought the more I think it is better to be either foolish or wise, as the examples in your poem. To choose the middle ground and become grey just to blend in would mean taking a backseat and doing nothing while those around you do. I choose to be a doer even if it is a foolish doer at times. Thanks for making me think.

    1. This is too funny. I almost wrote a middle column, but I decided that it was the coward’s way out. I felt that I must choose a stance at this stage. ❤

  5. These are tough questions. And an impossible task at time to choose a stance. Is the balance found somewhere in the middle?

  6. These questions are never answered, completely. I find I just keep asking and answering. Perhaps that is the act of trying to balance on that high wire act of teaching.

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