"Not all who wander are lost." (see full quote below)
This pretty lady and her mate were in our front yard for a very long time this past Spring. We're landlocked on a tree-lined street, with the nearest ducky waterway about a mile away. She knew exactly what she was doing though. Not lost at all.
As always, it's a matter of perspective. What seems like a person off-course to an onlooker may in fact be quite purposeful wandering - gathering, learning, absorbing information. The lost portion comes into play when we refuse to act on knowledge gained through our drifting. At some point, we have to take a step into thin air and see what happens. Fear will try to pull us back - and it will also keep us swirling in Never Never Land if we let it. At that point, purposeful wandering becomes a safety net of aimless meandering. A seemingly fine line, but not really: paralysis follows aimlessness and action follows purpose.
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"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king."
- Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.