Carolyn Gratton uses the following story to introduce her book The Art of Guidance. It’s about a wise fish.
It seems that there once were some fish who spent their days swimming aroundsearch of water. Anxiously looking for their destination, they shared their worriesand confusion with each other as they swam. One day they met a wise fish and askedhim the question that had preoccupied them for so long: “Where is the sea?” Thewise fish answered: “If you stop swimming so busily and struggling so anxiously, youwould discover that you are already in the sea. You need look no further than whereyou already are.” (Gratton 2000:5)
For Gratton, the wise fish represents a spiritual director. The search is God’s kingdom; hurry is the devil.