En route

You’ll happily take the destination but the truth is, the journey is too arduous.*
(Seth Godin)

Some of the Celtic Christian literature that emerged from these centuries took the form of immram, a word which might be translated perhaps as ‘wonder voyage,’ a sea journey to an other-world.**
(Robert Macfarlane)

Every worthwhile destination will require us to make a journey involving risks.

By worthwhile, I mean good and beautiful and true.

You may be the only person to understand why this place and why this journey.

Only you know how it sets your heart beating like wings of a great bird in flight, carrying you towards what you must do, making you who you must be.

It may take years, you may despair of never making it, but you come to understand how the journey is there to teach you, to make you, to bring you people to help, to grow in you what it is you hoped for and set out towards.

I hope for you and wish you well; you are en route.

(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Destinations, risks and journeys.)
(**From Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways.)

One thought on “En route

  1. Ithaca by CP Cavafy resonates in your post, beginning: “As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one, full of adventure and discovery”………..ending with “Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey. Without her you wouldn’t have set out. She has nothing to give you now. And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you. Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you’ll have understood by then what these Ithaka mean.

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