“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
We might imagine that we’re covering vast distances as we continue living, seeking, and growing.
Might it be possible that instead of a path from point A to point B, living is more like walking up a spiral staircase? As we go around each time, we encounter tracks of our former selves, we run into our old habits of our younger selves. We continue to be different people, and when we encounter these past shadows, we’re doing so at a higher level than before.
“Not all those who wander are lost”
19 thoughts on “Wandering and Exploration”
An excellent analogy Vincent; it certainly feels like that to me.
Thank you, Hariod, for your confirmation. It helps me to better understand and trust my perspective, and also get to know you a little better. That’s always a delight.
The spiral has come to mean much to me. On the one hand there is the linear journey, then the circular, but then the spiral which essentially integrates the straight line and the circle. I think the spiral more than anything else expresses beautifully TS Eliot’s words: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Wonderful post, thank you.
Thank you, Don, for that illustration of the spiral, connecting these two elemental shapes. I would add in a third dimension, that of our upward progress. As we climb that spiral staircase, let’s celebrate each step we’ve risen above the base ways of our past.
Yes I agree the spiral has a natural upward dimension.
Brilliant! I’ve never thought of it that way and yet it makes so much sense! Very thought provoking…
Gee, thank you!
That makes more sense than anything I’ve read lately! Thanks for all the inspiring words and pictures, I look toward to following you.
I like this so much. I am going to share it 🙂
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I thought this was amazing and wanted to share it. It’s very interesting. I like his point of view.
Thank you for your kind words, and for sharing it.
You are very welcome
This is terrific and I am reblogging it.
Thank you for your kind words and even kinder actions. I hope your readers enjoy it.
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