Microblog Mondays 45: Life Is A Journey

Is your life about the journey, or about the destination? Do you pursue your goals relentlessly forgetting to look at the wandering landscapes, hear the trilling of the birds and smell the scents the universe sends your way?

I was paging through an old notebook this weekend and came across the piece of writing above which I had done as part of a toast.

I must have been inspired by Greek poet, C.P. Cavafy‘s poem at the time. I do not recall why. The poem has reached out to me again, perhaps to remind me that life is about the journey and not the destination.

Read the poem below.

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Part of a weekly blogging link up #MicroblogMondays by Mel over at Stirrup Queens. Read all the posts here.


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