Bruce Emond, WEEKENDER | Fri, 07/22/2011 10:21 AM |
We’re all on a journey, even if we have been settled in our current domain for years. Such is the passage of life, taking us through peaks and valleys and along detours and bumpy roads although, hopefully, we get the chance to stop and smell the roses along the way.
Lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s plaintive “Both Sides Now” sum it up aptly: “Well, something’s lost but something’s gained in living every day.”
For the younger ones among us, that exciting journey is only just beginning. For older folks like me, a bit further along the road, the excitement has died down but there are still opportunities to learn, including from our mistakes.
And inevitably we change. Changes manifest themselves not just in a regretfully expanding waistband, but also in how we are shaped by our life’s experiences and our reactions to them. Likewise, people and places once important lose their significance, serving as transit points in our spiritual exploration.
Whether we are shaped for the better or the worse, there is always the opportunity to redeem ourselves. Although I am not a Muslim, I find the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, in providing adherents with an opportunity to repent of their sins and transgressions against others, to be noble and beautiful.
This month we feature many stories of people who are finding their spiritual path. My hope is that you will derive insight and inspiration from their lives in your own journey of life.