I am still in awe of the many people I saw on my travel to iona who were making the trip in spite of their physical difficulties. Canes, walkers, wheelchairs, as well as many putting one step in front of the other without added help. Buses and ferries are accessible to all, but it still takes physical, emotional and mental courage to complete the journey. Some had the help of a friend, family member, or staff person, but it was their own mettle that kept them moving and upbeat.
The following, “Seen in a draper’s shop in India,” is quoted in The Mystic Vision; Daily Encounters with the Divine, complied by Andrew Harvey and Anne Baring. I have posted it in 2013 and 2014, and now here it is again, asking to be presented. How universal it is!
There are 21 individual messages. What if I take a month to ponder them? That would be one a day with some grace time. I’m going to give it a try. I’ll pick something that I’d like to experience, write it up, and then give it a try. Here goes.
Life is an Adventure…Dare it. I’m adventuring to Florence on February 22nd, which is isn’t a big adventure for me because I’ve been many times before. I know how to get there, I am comfortable traveling alone, I know the language, and I love the food. It feels like home. So what is my adventure? What do I dare do on this trip?
As un-daring as it may seem, this time I am renting a different apartment in a different area of the city. I’ve been tempted to sign on to my usual place, but something keeps telling me to dare the uncertainty of a new location. If I don’t take the dare, I know I’ll be disappointed in myself. Each trip, even to the same place, must be a new adventure. On the same line of thought, I am going to dare do a little island hopping when I go to Scotland in June.
All Paths Lead to me
√ Life is an Adventure ... Dare it
Life is a Beauty ... Praise it
Life is a Challenge ... Meet it
Life is a Duty ... Perform it
Life is a Love ... Enjoy it
Life is a Tragedy ... Face it
Life is a Struggle ... Fight it
Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it
Life is a Game ... Play it
Life is a Gift ... Accept it
Life is a Journey ... Complete it
Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it
Life is a Goal ... Achieve it
Life is an Opportunity ... Take it
Life is a Puzzle ... Solve it
Life is a Song ... Sing it
Life is a Sorrow ... Overcome it
Life is a Spirit ... Realize it
Life is Struggle… Fight it
Life is a Puzzle… Solve it
Life is a Goal… Achieve it
Seen in a draper's shop in India
On this rainy day, I’m trying to face courage, the fourth on Dugard’s list of traits necessary to meet life’s challenges. Typical me, I don’t want to continue blogging about the list; I want to move on, as is my usual way. I experience this same pattern with the books I read; I often don’t finish them, and when I do, I speed read the last quarter.
Here’s another disclaimer. The Explorers; A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success, is back at the library so I can’t refer to it. And, besides, this blog isn’t about researching a topic. It’s about my random thoughts and how I related them to silence, solitude and simplicity.
This resistance is write is more about self-discipline and perseverance, than courage, but, as promised, here are a few thought about courage. Keeping true to the cliché that blogs are ‘all about me,’ let me begin by saying that I am not a courageous person. Of course, that refutes what others say of me, which is my very point about courage: Courage is attributed to one person by another person, not by the person herself.
Although I’ve been told countless of times that I’m very courageous to travel by myself, and even to go to the cottage, I don’t consider either of these courageous acts. No way; it’s just what I do. Those who couldn’t possibly travel alone or leave family to live a hermit’s life on the sea coast in the winter, perceive what I do as incredibly courageous. The truth is that it appears courageous to them, because it’s the kind of thing that can’t imagine doing. It’s a Catch 22. When we are in awe of what someone else can do because we don’t have the courage to do it ourselves, we bestow upon them the trait of courage. Isn’t projection handy?
However, sometimes, in retrospect, we can acknowledge that we acted courageously. I haven’t been tested, but let’s say I saw someone flailing among an undertow at the beach and went in to rescue them. After it was all over, I might say that I had been courageous, but it wasn’t courage that sent me into the water. Courage in never a mental decision.
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4/30/15 Finishing up VG.