6. When Navigation Fails…

a. What does it mean to be lost?

b. Think of a time that you were lost.

  • How did it happen?
  • How did you feel?
  • How did you find your way out of the situation?

c. Which is worst: to be lost in a car, lost on foot, or lost in an unfamiliar public transport network?

d. Can there be an upside to getting lost?

e. In a public building such as a hospital or library, what makes the difference between finding your way around easily and getting hopelessly lost?

Quotations from poems about being lost

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.

J. R. R. Tolkien, from ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.

David Wagoner, from the short poem ‘Lost’

As I lie on the grass a little creature crawls upon my hand.
It is so small and weak it becomes entangled among the hairs of my hand. The hairs are as fallen trees impeding its progress.
I do not know the name of the little creature nor its destiny, but I will help it to pass the barriers.
I was once lost in a great wood where fallen trees impeded my way.

Sylvia H. Bliss, from ‘Quests of Day and Night’

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