We see Arrival, rarely the Journey

by | May 16, 2022 | Change, Ideas, Learning |


Things take the time they take. Don’t worry.

How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?

Mary Oliver H/T the Marginalian

Read the last sentence in the quote again. Then think about one of your heros, persons you admire or are jealous of. Replace St. Augustine with their name. And then add the phrase ‘A lot’ at the end. Perhaps even shout out passionately ‘a lot’.

Two things here. First, we forget the roads the others need to walk to get to where they are today. We see the arrival and rarely the journey. We also forget to consider where they started. If you are walking to Toronto, it makes a big difference if you start in Niagara or Vancouver.

Secondly, St. Augustine walked many roads and became St. Augustine. Even if you walked those same roads, you wouldn’t become St. Augustine. You are still you, St. Augustine is taken. Perhaps the journey is not about becomeing another, but embracing yourself.

Photo by Lucas Parker


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