Category Archives: journey
Each step has a way of preparing us for the next step. The journey reveals the destination. Don’t pretend you know where you’re going to end up. Instead, listen for the direction in which you’re being nudged. Today. Take that step.
Then, tomorrow, take that step again.
– Dr. Kelly Flanagan, 5 Essential Life Lessons…
Life isn’t about establishing perfect stability around you; it’s about discovering a little resilience inside of you. – Dr. Kelly Flanagan, 5 Essential Life Lessons…
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the actions.”
– Confucius, Chinese philosopher
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
– Douglas Adams
The Tortoise And The Hare
The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare reminds us that different people take life at different speeds and that one way is not necessarily superior to another. In fact, in the story it is the slower animal that ends up arriving at the destination first. In the same way, some of us seem to move very quickly through the issues and obstacles we all face in our lives. Others need long periods of time to process their feelings and move into new states of awareness. For those of us who perceive ourselves as moving quickly, it can be painful and exasperating to deal with someone else’s slower pace. Yet, just like the tortoise and the hare, we all arrive at the same destination, together, eventually.
People who take their time with things are probably in the minority in most of the world today. We live in a time when speed and productivity are valued above almost anything else. Therefore, people who flow at a slower pace are out of sync with the world and are often pestered and prodded to go faster and do more. This can be not only frustrating but also counterproductive because the stress of being pushed to move faster than one is able to move actually slows progress. On the other hand, if a person’s style is honored and supported, they will find their way in their own time and, just like the tortoise, they might just beat the speedier, more easily distracted person to the finish line.
It’s important to remember that we are not actually in a race to get somewhere ahead of someone else, and it is difficult to judge by appearances whether one person has made more progress than another. Whether you count yourself among the fast movers or as one of the slower folks, we can all benefit from respecting the pace that those around us choose for themselves. This way, we can keep our eyes on our own journey, knowing that we will all end up together in the end.
I have always known that at last I would take this road, but yesterday I did not know that it would be today.
On the train from New Delhi bound for Bombay, a stranger boards, bearing the aroma of spices and exotic teas. His eyes, brown as cinnamon, smile as they slip across my face. He places a worn leather case beside his feet, and I glimpse the aging label that decorates one side. The label bears the image of a majestic elephant — a great, gray, tusky beast adorned in crimson blankets edged with gems. I wonder at this stranger’s journey, what tales he might tell if I only dared to ask. The rocking of the train lulls me to a dream-filled sleep, where princes wearing guilded smiles guide elephants across shifting sands. When I awake, the stranger has departed, leaving me with mystery and the promise of adventures still to come. — Debra Bokur
Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.