The Oak and the Reed
by Jean de La FontaineTranslation by Eli Siegel
The oak one day says to the reed:
There are so many times that I set out to do something and in my single minded drive to be disciplined I realize I am causing myself and those around me far more discomfort than good. There are times when going with the flow does not equate to being lazy or undisciplined. It simply is acceptance of the fact that there is more than we see to life and like driving a car sometimes a road is closed or there is a pothole and you need to adjust course. It doesn't mean that you aren't going to arrive at your destination. There just may be another stop along the way that is needed and you didn't even know it.
That reminds me of another saying:
Men plan, fate laughs ...Visualizing ice cubes,
Don't miss the forest for the trees.