May your Journey Be Long

I do not usually wish people Happy New Year anymore. It is not befitting how I feel on this last day of 2014. I have been in a grand reflection during my last few months. I have had a stupendous year filled with unforeseen successes and tragedies, frustrations and joys. These are common every year. Yet, this year has been one of extremes for me.
I came home this year.
To my home.
The home of my journey that has been waiting for me within myself all of my life.

I know now that having a happy new year is not an option for me. A year is not a description of the journey I wish to take. Time is not my catalyst.

Homer speaks of Ithaca,

” dwell in shining Ithaca. There is a mountain there,
high Neriton, covered in forests. Many islands
lie around it, very close to each other,
Doulichion, Same, and wooded Zacynthos–
but low-lying Ithaca is farthest out to sea,
towards the sunset, and the others are apart, towards the dawn and sun.
It is rough, but it raises good men.”

Here Odysseus returns after his long journey.

I believe I am on my way to Ithaca. I have journeyed long.

Will I get there? I do not know. Which is one of the things I have learned on this journey. I do not know. I say it often now as opposed to spouting an opinion. I do not know.

So, my friends, my wish to you all is that you have a long journey. A journey of joy, love, tears, frustration and even a little pain. For this is how we reach our Ithaca where the gods intercede and grant us peace and the end of all vendettas. ‘Deus ex machina. An intervention of the gods on your journey.

ITHAKA

As you set out in search of Ithaka
Pray that your journey be long,
full of adventures, full of awakenings.
Do not fear the monsters of old…
You will not meet them in your travels
if your thoughts are exalted and remain high,
if your authentic passions stir your mind, body and spirit.
You will not encounter fearful monsters
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up in front of you.

– Constantine Peter Cavafy

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