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Maybe you've heard of the hero Odysseus. Odysseus was no Hercules. Odysseus wasn't the strongest hero, and he wasn't the biggest or the most noble or the most deadly hero. But he was the cleverest. He spent twenty years trying to get to his home in Ithaca, but everything went wrong, and he always had to use his wiles to save himself. When this big ol' Cyclops trapped Odysseus and a bunch of his men in a cave, Odysseus covered his men in fleece so they could pretend to be sheep and sneak out with the monster's herd. Oh, sure! You're thinking: well anyone could do that! But would they think of it under the extreme duress of being trapped in a cave with a one-eyed giant? If Athena had their back they would. Athena always stuck by Odysseus because Odysseus could always think on his feet and solve problems on the fly.
Athena reminds us that quests can not be completed in an armchair. You have to move it, move it. You have to go where the river takes you, and you have to be flexible enough and open enough to realize that the river goes where it wants, whether you like it or not. That doesn't mean you should set up a lounge chair and just go along for the ride, but it does mean that you need to be flexible in thinking about both your destination and the tools you have at your disposal.
Channel this goddess: When questing, when traveling, when wondering what to do about that dog you found, when trying to be flexible.
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PS: Want to read more? I just posted a new City Walk here.