Over at RevGalBlogPals, Deb posted a poem by Rumi, and asked 5 questions:

It’s your road, and yours alone.

Others may walk it with you,

but no one can walk it for you.

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So in thinking about our life’s journey, and the rhythm of our lives, here’s five questions on this theme…

1. What “road” is in your immediate future? 

My job ends in mid-June, as it was an interim position. I’m hoping to find another part-time ministry position, but those are not easy to find. Meantime, I’m continuing to work on my writing projects. I am chest-deep in a spiritual memoir.

Both roads — ministry & writing — seem rather full of obstacles at the moment, which is why I posted a picture of a path that says “No Entry, Dangerous Structure.”

But I am remaining in metaphor when I discuss these “roads.” I am, at heart, a pilgrim. Which means, to me, that I am always headed somewhere else, looking for some sort of ideal. Sometimes I get tired of myself for that.

In terms of actual roads (of the blacktop variety) I believe I’ll be heading to the upper midwest this summer on a car trip. Yahoo!

2. Where have you been “traveling” a lot lately — and are you going back there? 

I have been trafficking in words. And yes, as soon as I finish this blogpost, I will get back to it! I don’t travel far — just between my study and my coffeepot on a day like this.

3.  Who are your fellow travelers? 

What a good question to have asked me! Thanks. I feel quite lonely when I am writing, so it is good to remember that I have many fellow travelers: family members (husband and daughters), other writers (2 writing groups) and even a co-author. I need to draw on each of these resources with more intentionality.

IMG_30524. Who are the unintentional companions (or hitchhikers) that you find on the road with you? 

The difficult ones are easy to name: self-doubt, loneliness, feelings of unworthiness. These hitchhikers don’t make the road easier!

But also, unexpectedly: joy, resoluteness, time & space.  These companions make me want to keep walking, to crest the dune and see what lies ahead.

 

5.  As a family, we always recite “the traveler’s prayer” — a tongue-in-cheek petition as we pull out of the driveway (“Lord, whatever we have forgotten, may it not be important!”) What have you forgotten lately, and did it matter? 

Right now I don’t feel like I need anything that I don’t have. Except more time & space, and resoluteness!

BONUS: Share a photo of a road you’ve traveled. Or of traveling companions who have made the journey special. Or perhaps there’s a song or another poem that suits your journey. If so, please share!

The 2 photos I posted are from the same beach, on Prince Edward Island. I took them the summer of 2010. What a lovely, peaceful place! (Click on the very small “PEI” tag along the right-hand side of the blog if you want to read the entries from that trip.)

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