“… for a moment we might have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars – pilgrims of hope, voyaging between horizons across the eternal seas of space and time.” –
Well. Life pretty much guarantees that at one time or another you have to wonder whether you can truly handle the cards Life has dealt you that day, or moment, or whatever time period you are faced with this type of thinking. It is in moments like those that, despite being overwhelmed, we muddle through and recognize that most likely we have more than all any of these situations require.
It is good that we acknowledge this and remind ourselves on occasion of this. You don’t need to go back over time and dwell on every adverse situation or painful moment and how you were able to overcome it … in fact … I wouldn’t.
You don’t need to.
Why? You are still standing.
So going back and revisiting isn’t necessary. You did what you had to do … and you made it through.
In fact … maybe the only moment you should dwell on is the here and now … and the power of human spirit which got you to the here and now.
For in that moment you may be able to gain a glimpse of yourself. The glimpse which reveals you as the pilgrim of hope … the one who navigates Life voyaging across the eternal sea of time.
I will suggest that in just about every situation and circumstance in life you really do have more than is required to not only deal with what’s happening … but also to continue on your voyage through Life.
Anyway. “Pilgrims of hope” … oh my … what a wonderful thought. A spectacular thought as you think about how you have navigated the adversity in your life.
Feeling overwhelmed is feeling overwhelmed. We all feel it at some point. We don’t dwell on hope for something better … yet … we manage the moment and move on toward what we do hope for … something better. You simply navigate Life <albeit it doesn’t feel simple in the moment>.
“I may still not know what I want to be when I grow up, but I do know that someday I want to live in a house filled with my books and travel souvenirs. And the walls that aren’t covered in bookshelves will be covered with photos of my family and friends. When I leave the house I will be going to a job I love,
and I’ll return to a person I love. So, that’s the dream I’m working on.”
Look. We are all working on some dream. We are all pilgrims of hope. And we all wonder <at least at some point> if we will be able to navigate Life.
Maybe we should take a moment and instead see the glimpse of ourselves as one who HAS navigated through Life … because we are in the here & now <we made it thus far> and are continuing the voyage.
Pilgrim of hope … that’s the dream I am working on.