A promise

Curly labyrinth

“Until one day, without warning, the road stops testing the traveller and begins to treat him generously. The traveller’s troubled spirit takes pleasure in the beauties and the challenges of the new landscape.

And each step, which had until then been merely automatic, becomes instead a conscious step.

Rather than speaking to him of the solace of security, it teaches him the joy of facing new challenges.

The traveller continues his journey. He doesn’t complain of boredom now; he complains, rather, that he is tired. But at that point, he rests, enjoys the landscape and then carries on.

Instead of spending his whole life destroying the roads he was afraid of following, he begins to love the road he is on.”

~ Paulo Coelho, Manuscript found in Accra


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2 thoughts on “A promise

  1. Wonderful maze–it looks the way mazes should look: not straight, neat lines, but a real tangle. Loving the road I’m on is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. For me, the road is two-fold: enjoying the blessings of family, home and garden, but also contemplating the journey into old age. How much time and energy to put into planning for the future? Everyone tells me I need to do that, but it is so pleasant to watch the bees browsing among the roses.


    • Awww, you already know the answer. If you’re already taking care of the present moment, in love with the bees, in love with the world, looking deeply, how can the future not be taken care of too? It’s just composed of the present! Only don’t expect to get much support for that view. Our society, the people around us, are all pulling for business-as-usual which means fear/hope about the future and sorrow/regret/pain about the past. In short, anything but the present.

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