Stand Still


I want to share with you a poem I just came across by David Wagoner called “Lost”:

A child asked the elder, What do I do when I’m lost in the forest?
The elder replied, Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger,you must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, you are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows where you are. You must let it find you.

What does this mean to you?

For me this poem holds a profound message for anyone who feels that they have lost sight of what their life is about. For any business owner who has lost his identity in the midst of striving to be the best. For any musician through all the struggle for success has forgotten why they started making music in the first place.

Stand Still.

You can not lose who you are, it is innate to you. You can only get so caught up in who you are not that you temporarily forget yourself.

Does that make sense to you?

The best music comes from the heart, not from the head.


Your heart is innate to who you are. Just look at small children, did anyone have to teach them to laugh and play?

So if you find yourself lost in the world of struggle and drama, and making stale music as a result, You need only do one thing.

Stand still.

Your music will come back to life when you do.