Thursday, July 2, 2009

Where Is the Raccoon Looking?

While taking a vacation walk yesterday near the campus at UNC-Chapel I went to see The Raccoon.

The story goes like this: In the late '60s-early '70s, a woodcarver chiseled 7 animal figures into the trees of a park near campus. Thirty-one summers ago a friend showed me The Raccoon. It's in a tree beside a small stream that flows near Forest Theatre.

Now, here's the rest of the story. Supposedly, each figure looks at the next animal in the sequence so that the group is arranged in a large circle. And the only one I've ever seen or been able to find is The Raccoon.

You can stand next to The Raccoon and squat down and try to sight across the stream and seethe next animal. But, I've never found it. That doesn't mean the next little guy isn't there, just that I couldn't see it.

Are there situations like that in your workday or your personal life? You know the answer is out there somewhere. In fact, it seems that the logical sequence you are following would end in an obvious answer...and...then...it...doesn't...happen.

What do you do; follow the sequence again, or jump to a different process?

We often discover wonderful answers when we don't get the answers we expect. That's the process of living, not just floating through life.

That's the lesson of The Raccoon.

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