“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” ~ John O’Donohue
I often say I am a “journey” person who wishes I could have a “destination” day every now and then. What I really mean is that I want to “get there”. I want to know. I want answers. I want to know that everything is going to be “ok”. And the truth is there are no answers, not in the sense that my desire to know them might wish there to be, and there are no guarantees. Life, as one friend recently reminded me, never seems to turn out the way you thought it would. Which can seem like a bad thing and yet, if I’m honest, it is in the serendipity of the unexpected that the most beautiful moments of my life have been found. They happen in the places I least expected to find them and they are upon me before I can prepare. Suddenly, I am immersed.
Sometimes when I’m dancing with particular people I lose the sharp edges of where I end and the other begins. Life becomes a dance of blended edges, of playful give and take, within which there is this incredibly deep, poignantly beautiful still point of trust and acceptance. Of love without condition. Of shared hearts and humanity.
In his book, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, the late John O’Donohue wrote that, “real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.” In other words, I cannot go out and make love happen. I cannot force friendship. But I can dance and trust that I can trust the inner part of me that knows what to do when the music begins and I can trust myself to recognize love and friendship when it appears in my life.
Answers, in their deepest and truest form, are questions lived out . You know, in your soul, I think, when you are living the questions, the Mystery, of your destiny.
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