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The Steep Unlearning Curve

Posted in Parable, Spiritual

The boy looked at the mountain in front of him. “How will I ever get over it?” “Use a rope,” replied the traveler. “I have never used a rope a before,” said the boy, “and I don’t know if my arms are strong enough.” “You have a steep learning curve then,” replied the traveler. “Will…

Stronger Than a Mountain

Posted in Parable, Spiritual

The child stared at the mountain on the horizon and said, “I can’t possibly climb that mountain. I’m not strong enough.” “You have it backwards,” replied the traveler, “climbing the mountain will make you stronger.” Related Parables: The Steep Unlearning Curve

Seeding the Truth

Posted in Parable, Spiritual, Wisdom

“Where do I look for the truth,” asked the child. “The tree,” replied the traveler. “Will I find it?” “I don’t know.” “I want an answer that is clear … a truth that is black or white. Is that possible?” “I don’t know but I encourage you to keep studying the tree because you’ll get…

To Truly Hear, Find Silence

Posted in Parable, Religious, Silence, Spiritual

“Can you tell me the answer to life’s many mysteries,” asked the child. The traveler laughed and said, “No.” “Why not?” “Oh, I could give you answers but you wouldn’t hear them.” “What then do I need to do to improve my listening skills?” “Silence.” “Silence?” “Yes. The answers are within each of us. The…

Knowing the Unknowable

Posted in Parable, Religion, Spiritual

“How do you know God,” asked the child. “When you know Him as unknowable,” replied the traveler. “That’s the dumbest thing I think I’ve ever heard,” said the child. “Is it?” “Yes.” “Let me ask you this,” continued the traveler, “Can a circle be a straight line?” “Of course not,” replied the child. “Really? If…

A Statue of Unlearning

Posted in Arts, Parable, Unlearning Lesson

When Michelangelo created David he didn’t think of building something; instead he thought of “taking away.” Or, as he said, “the more the marble wastes away, the more the sculpture grows.” In many respects, unlearning what you have learned might feel like “a waste.” That’s the wrong way to think of it. Think of it…

Miles of Unlearning

Posted in Analogy, Change, Parable, Stories, Uncategorized

I have been traveling a great deal lately and between trips to Newport, Rhode Island; St. John’s, Canada and Lake George, New York, I thought it would be more relaxing to stay at a Bed & Breakfast near the Green Mountains of Vermont instead of returning home to Minneapolis during my short break between speaking…

Mastering Apprenticeship

Posted in Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Wisdom

“How do you know when you’ve become a master,” asked the student. “When you’ve made it your job to always remain an apprentice,” replied the master.

The Morning Fog

Posted in One minute unlearning, Parable, Wisdom

As the traveler returned from an early morning walk, the student said, “I had trouble seeing you in the fog.” “Yes, that can be difficult,” replied the traveler, “but do you know what’s more difficult?” “No,” said the child. “Realizing that you are in the same thick fog.” Other short parables by Jack Uldrich The…

A Man Unlearns

Posted in Beliefs, Change, Culture, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Quotes, Uncategorized, Wisdom

The following poem was written by an unknown monk living in the 11th century. It’s relevance to today is, however, undiminished. When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change…


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