In this scene from “O Brother Where Art Thou,” the boys start their journey into the wilderness. As “fate” would have it, they run into an oracle portrayed by a blind man with no name.

Before being yanked off the train, George Clooney’s character (the atheist) says to the hobos, “if not smithies per se were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before certain circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wandering?”

It’s this aimless wandering that his character wants to avoid. So he has plans. But his plans are about to be disrupted and his life turned upside down. And the oracle prophesies the road before him. He states that he will indeed find his “fortune, though it will not be the fortune you seek.” First, he must “travel a long and difficult road.”

Watch the clip and journal about the difficulties you have faced on your road that come to mind.

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