“Ships are safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are made for.”
~ William Shedd
Half way there… A journey. 51 days have gone by. Life has happened, en furia y en calma. Sometimes filled with magic and purpose, some other times, stagnancy, fear and frustration.
Along the way we often ask ourselves, is it any better to keep going, or to stop whenever the spirit magic ceases to paint the inner and outer realms? Because that is exactly what happens when you decide to journey into something or towards something. Difficulties, challenges and tests are guaranteed. How do you stay on the path for the length of the road?
We all have been walking and we can speak about a general apathy that comes at some point. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can arise. The projection of the self, sometimes can be an implacable one. But then, this other question rose: What’s the alternative? What else can we do, if not continue walking on the path?
“What’s the alternative? To quit whenever something gets challenging? To futz around your whole life…?”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victory’s being severely tested.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
As human beings we are given the gift of free will, so we can choose to get off of any path at any time. Seeking comfort and safety, avoiding opposition, pain & fear.
To answer the question, what’s the alternative? We can give up, as many do when severely tested. We can get off of the path and get on another.
Or we can follow the guidance of the wise ones who have tread this path so many times before us, and surrender to it. To continue walking.
“Once you realize that the road is the goal,
and that you are always on the road,
not to reach a goal but to
enjoy its beauty and its wisdom,
life ceases to be a task and
becomes natural and simple.
In itself an ecstasy.”
~ Nisargadatta Mahara