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Miles of Unlearning

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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 engagements.

As a result, I left for Rutland, Vermont yesterday. Unfortunately, due to the recent heavy rains from Hurricane Irene, significant portions of Highway 4 were washed out. I didn’t, however, realize my path was blocked until I was 20 miles from my final destination. To reach Rutland required that I retrace my path 30 miles in the opposite direction and then take an entirely new route to Rutland. The revised trip required an extra 2.5 hours of travel.

As I backtracked, I couldn’t help but recall this poignant quote on unlearning: “Every mile you go in the wrong direction is really a two mile error. Unlearning is twice as hard as learning.”

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