My dear,

When journeying upon the path of wisdom, do not look down.

Seek the meaning behind their footsteps, and not upon the steps themselves. For in seeking the footsteps you shall be glancing only upon the next footprint. And you’re sure to stumble upon an unforeseen obstacle.

But in seeking the meaning behind their footsteps you’re sure to see ahead; comparable to looking up while walking. Thus allowing you to easily maneuver around the hurdles on the path you walk.

…And if you walk like this long enough, you’ll one day, to your surprise, find yourself among the wise.

Falsely yours,
Matsuo Basho