Today I am struck by the seeming contradiction of wisdom. Compare Darrell Royal’s “Dance with them who brung you” (that is, stick with what works) to Anthony DeMello’s “The donkey that brings you to the door is not the means by which you enter the house” (that is, what got you here won’t necessarily get you there).* But there is always a way to reconcile if one looks hard enough. Perhaps you dance at the door with the donkey who brung you, then leave it behind, walk in, and dance with whoever is inside. There’s a life lesson buried in there somewhere, but it will be difficult to fit on a bumper sticker.
*To my knowledge, though contemporaries, DeMello and Royal never met