Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Beyond Your Horizons

"How long will you remain content just to hear and tell stories of what happens beyond your horizons, where the courageous had no choice but to live their ideals and imbibe effulgence's shape?"

                  Rumi said, “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Effulgence is a beautiful noun that means "a brilliant radiance". In life, we each create a path by the steps we take towards our goals. Perhaps Hafiz's words are a proper way to describe what courage is...the tenacity to live your ideals, to make your dreams a reality, and to make your path well trodden along your soul's compass.

Traveller, There Is No Path
Antonio Machado 

Traveller, your footprints
Are the path and nothing more;
Traveller, there is no path,
The path is made by walking.
Beat by beat, verse by verse…

Traveller, there is no path,
Only trails across the sea…

     In this excerpt of Machado's poem, he utilizes an image of the sea to represent his view of our path through life. That is, no one leaves a true path for another to follow; each path taken evanesces like a ship's wake in the water. We don't need to follow anyone's path but our own. In fact, no other path exists, but the one of our own active creation.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

Forever Young (1988), Rod Stewart 

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