Friday Five: Be On Your Way

It's your road, and yours alone

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.


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! (Search for  “PEI” to read blog entries from that trip.)

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I'm an essayist, memoirist, and Presbyterian pastor. My books are both spiritual memoirs -- "Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land" and "Ruined."

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4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Be On Your Way

  1. lovely to be reminded of my time of living on PEI!
    thank you for posting your pics for us and sharing your journey.
    wishing you every success and blessed companionship of H Spirit as you continue…

  2. What a lovely image of the dunes. And appropriate for the emotional “hitchhikers” we can pick up. I find dune-climbing hard work, and even more so when I insist on taking things like self-doubt. The metaphor works on so many levels!

    God be in your going out and coming in… and may it be a blessing to your heart as you see what is around the bend!

    • Thanks Deb. And yes, I had forgotten how hard dune-climbing is on the calf muscles! I’m starting to wish I’d posted a picture of the ocean to make it worth the climb!

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