“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller
There’s a question I hold close to my heart through the daily grind.
This question grounds me through the nauseating roller-coaster days, the whirlwind moments, the long and lonely paths, and the confusing messes. It also helps me to savor the pleasant surprises, seasons of abundance, and joyous celebrations sprinkled along the way.
The question is this:
What if I view my life as an ever-unfolding adventure?
Perhaps for some, the word adventure conjures up images of you dripping sweat, caked in dirt and grime, while you trek up a steep, narrow trail on a long, grueling hike you never wanted to go in the first place.
Adventure is definitely this in part.
Yet we cannot forget it also includes:
-an expansion of our limited views on the world,
-a widening of our horizons, and
-a willingness to discover uncharted territories within ourselves- truly, we are alive with creative possibility.
Life as an adventure means we:
-travel light, opting for a smaller pack so we can be present to what’s most important,
-open ourselves to the guidance of glittering stars overhead, rather than the specific directions of a map,
-stay on the lookout for courageous companions who whisper words of wild, ancient wisdom,
-seek to honor our intricate connection with one another and the more-than-human world, and
-listen to our questions, letting curiosity lead the way more often.
One thing is certain: adventures do not follow a straight line.
And I’m sure we can all agree that life veers from our well-intentioned plans. There’s no denying the deep disappointment we sometimes experience right before we go to sleep…life simply isn’t panning out the way we envisioned.
There are twists and turns at the most inconvenient times, there are unexpected beautiful vistas and bone-rattling detours.
But look around…
Here we are – traveling together through the wilderness, finding our way one fumbling step after another, becoming more human with each mile.
The path before us extends into some fog, opens up to a clearing, and keeps on bending towards the Mystery.
Although we can expect trials, exhaustion, and a haunting desire to give up completely, the secret sustenance for our adventure, the best way we hold each other up is by sharing our stories, our earthy tales filled with the paradox of both sorrows and songs.
Welcome to the Art of Adventure!
. “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
– Sue Monk Kidd
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”