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Don’t Go Wider – Go Deeper

March 1st, 2019

The Church in the Square, Nerja, Andalusia, Spain

One of the perks of leading the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids is getting an advance copy of our  journal Touchstone. Next month’s edition is packed with fascinating goodies. Take this great piece from Harriet Sams: “As I was drinking a warming cup of tea, a friend sent a link to an article about deepening into what I already have. Do not buy a single more thing this year. No more new classes, or books, don’t start to learn the harmonica when you’ve been neglecting the harp. Dive deeper into what you have already and do not scratch the itch of going wider. Go deeper.” Harriet quotes from the article she’s referring to by David Cain: “I keep imagining a tradition I’d like to invent. After you’re established in your career, and you have some neat stuff in your house, you take a whole year in which you don’t start anything new or acquire any new possessions you don’t need…The guiding philosophy is “Go deeper, not wider.” Drill down for value and enrichment.” (Read article here) What a refreshing idea! The founder of The Ancient Druid Order that OBOD grew from, George Watson MacGregor Reid, wrote a book about the same idea, which he called ‘Simplicitarianism.’ I’m not sure we need another ism – the idea is so simple we don’t even need another book… we just need to do it!

4 Responses to “Don’t Go Wider – Go Deeper”

  1. I love this. I have spent a lot of years going wider and the OBOD course is helping me to now go deeper. I am so glad you shared this, it’s reminded me to stop and look at what I have and work with that. Fabulous, thank you

  2. I have felt a similar impetus for a number of years….I observed compatriots go hither tither an yon but it always seemed truer for me to concentrate on the ideas that vibrated most strongly in my world .AWEN !

  3. i like it! I’m pretty good at lining up the steps and following through on projects, but I’ll see if i can deepen even more, and I think too there is a release of the pressure to take on more, which in our society of never being and doing enough, could be great.

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