28. The Wayward Guide

`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.

`I don't much care where--' said Alice.

`Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

`--so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added as an explanation.

`Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.'

-- Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland



What sort of traveler, wanderer, explorer are you?  When planning a trip, do you meticulously plan out your path to your destination-- minute by minute?  THE WAYWARD GUIDE asks the reader to consider how goals and expectations might shift; instead of planning out every detail, throw the itinerary and "SHOULD"s away and handle what is.  Assumptions often are a defense mechanism that feed our anxieties, but don't serve our growth.  Drop them, and explore!  Grab a friend who has a different perspective, but is more familiar with the setting and circumstance! You might even find another rabbit hole to fall down.

The Fables Suit addresses different angles of popular stories and fairy tales that we have internalized.  What beliefs about yourself and the world around you appear in this card, which might need to be refreshed, updated, or left behind? 


Could relate to: disrupted plans, not being chosen for a job/position/project, leadership change and upset, moving houses/cities, first days at school or a new job


Key Questions:

  • Is it more beneficial for my plans to be thought out, or me to be flexible, right now?

  • Who will be my guide for the next fun exploration? What makes them a good companion?

  • What are obvious conclusions?  What are other options?

  • Am I embracing the journey in all its imperfection, even if it's not ideal?

  • Is my guide/companion knowledgeable?  Do I need them to be?

YES/NO:  This card is a YES, WITH A FRIEND OR GUIDE card.