A work friend asked
me about something

“Hmm,” I said,
“I’m not sure
about that”
(though I
know a lot
about relatively
related things)

This must have
sounded funny to her,
because she said,
“That’s … interesting”

I paused and said,
“Okay, so it’s like this:
I was told many things
when I started this position,
but only learned them
in the shallowest way,
because I didn’t have
context to understand

“The best way I’ve figured
to explain it is like this:
understanding grows
deep, like roots;
near the beginning,
the roots are so shallow
the slightest breeze can
upend the solid plant

“As I grow in
knowledge and
understanding, my
roots grow deeper,

the water
hasn’t reached

As deep
as some roots
grow, I still have
many roots

(before no
will ever
upend me)

Categories: Communication, Learning Tags: , ,
  1. July 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    …And the world beneath those roots is almost infinite, so there can be no end to new knowledge or understanding…

    • July 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      So, so true! I may have slightly deeper roots than this time last year, but we’re talking in millimeter when there are thousands of kilometers left to grow!

  2. July 30, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Love this!!

    • July 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks! I am so, so glad to have the kind of space I do to learn, without having to fear disaster when some/many roots aren’t as strong as others. Every day gets to be an adventure this way. 🙂

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