Encouragement for the Journey 7 / 10 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 7 / 10 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller, 

Even though today is our KIDS N ALL Gathering, I thought I would write a few words for our older travellers.

The new Hobbit movie ‘An Unexpected Journey’ is due for release at the end of the year. Hobbits are indeed truly remarkable people. J.R.R. Tolkien’s in his prologue to ‘The Fellowship of the Ring describes the hobbits thus:

‘They had to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions.’ 

What a delightful description, but then I began to reflect are there times when I too are like the hobbits, enjoying the comfort of the familiar without the discomfort of contradictions. Alas, I remind myself, if I am to be committed to the journey called life, there is no growth without the pain and adventure of discovery.

We make discoveries in the most unlikely places, sometimes alone and sometimes with people. Either way, we will face the many contradictions that challenge our thinking and perceptions along the unexpected journey called life.

I read somewhere that as human beings we have a simple choice between living with contradictions and painting ourselves into a corner. For we know what happens when we paint ourselves into a corner?

Madeleine L’Engle was an American writer and poet best known for her young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, She died in 2007. She offers us this insightful reflection on living with contradiction:

The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being. 

Meanwhile peace in our living with life’s contradictions

Alf