I’ve given a lot of thought to the subject of the Sandbox Writing Challenge this week — SACRED. I came up with a proverbial mile-long list of people, things, thoughts I feel are SACRED. But then it occurred to me there ought to be one particular thing that encompasses ALL of that list, ties it together, and makes it SACRED. Last night I finally figured out what that was for me.
It’s something that every one of us has. And each is different from everyone else’s, special in its own way. We can be found with them anywhere and everywhere, any time of the day or night, month, year, season… And while we can SHARE them with others, they still stay uniquely OURS. Some folks I CHOOSE to share them with, other times I have no control whatsoever over who gets to be a part of mine. Sometimes we’re happy with them. Other times we think they suck and we may even want to be rid them. Some are long, some are short, all are definitely multi-layered. And each of us is given only one, so we need to be mindful of how we approach it.
But however, whatever, whenever, wherever mine happens to be, it’s my own, exclusive JOURNEY.
It’s a SACRED gift. What I do with it is up to me. There’s no users’ manual, no “Journeys For Dummies” book to refer to. It’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing. And it’s up to me what that JOURNEY looks like. That whole list I considered fits somewhere neatly inside this JOURNEY. It’s that LARGE, and yet it’s so small that I keep it in my HEART.
And now that you know I have a SACRED JOURNEY — and so do you — you may be asking yourself what it’s for! I don’t know what the focus of YOURS is, but mine is EXPLORATION. I have wanderlust something fierce. Not just wanderlust for traveling the world at large, but for traveling the immediate world around me, and, maybe most importantly, the world within. I find EXPLORATION the thing that drags me forward when I get sick and tired of my JOURNEY as I’m wont to do at times. Hm… So maybe in some way they’re tied together? No. That’s not right, because some JOURNEYS are ones we’d rather not take.
Be that as it may, my JOURNEY is the thing in life that is the most SACRED to me. And I hope wherever you are on yours today you’ll be blessed with an insatiable spirit of EXPLORATION!!!
We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot