Do you ever feel you have lost some important part of your identity? That you have become defined by a role you play? Or that other people’s demands, or media distractions, are taking too much control of your life? As a quiet and introspective person in this busy, noisy world, this is a problem with which I am always struggling.
In The Wisdom of Ambrose, Susan Anderson has hit a wall. She has been her husband’s “helper” so long that she has lost touch with who she is in herself. From Ambrose, a humble but clumsy bear who inhabits a mythical world, she learns to “just do the next thing,” and finds that she is led to a solution far more effective than her husband’s.
I find I have hit a wall also. It seems to be a different sort of wall, but yet I sense that Ambrose is speaking to me, too. My wall has to do with electronics, particularly social media. The sites are brightly colored, designed to attract our attention, to look fun. We are pulled in; and before we know it, we are led down this or that rabbit trail, just as Susan’s husband led her to follow his ideas.
“Just do the next thing,” Ambrose tells me. The challenge – pay attention to what is truly my next thing. And then do it. And then do the next. It’s hard, but when I do, the importunities of electronic media fade into the ether that they are, and all at once, I am really me.
Thank you, Ambrose!