An overnight success almost never is. Might as well plan for the journey.*
Longing for worldly things makes you inert. Longing for Infinity fills you with life. The skill is to bear the pain of longing and move on. True longing brings up spurts of bliss.**
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Called beyond ourselves –
A longing from a great distance rather than
the immediate –
We journey on for many days and years,
Perhaps we never reach the destination we thought to see.
The journey contains the richness of moments
only made possible by the persistent longing.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.^
*Seth Godin’s blog: All at once and quite suddenly;
**Susan Cain’s Bittersweet;
^Constantin Cavafy’s Ithaka.