The Other Side
A Zen Koan.
One day a young explorer was traveling through the forest when he came across a wide river.
Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier.
Just as he was about to give up his pursuit and turn back, he saw a wise man on the other side of the river.
The young man yells over to the stranger — “oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?"
The stranger ponders for a moment, looks up and down the river, and finally yells back — “my dear friend, you’re already on the other side."