“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground… The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”
Last night I dreamt that I was driving a very large SUV, which is not a vehicle I own during waking hours. I was driving through my Mother’s residential neighborhood, the one she lived in before downsizing 2 years ago. I had only driven a couple of blocks when the car began to slow to a crawl, finally stalling by the side of the road. When I stepped out of the car, I saw that my vehicle was weighed down with several large objects: a big black dog, an oversized suitcase, and a giant red motorcycle (in reality I can only claim ownership of the suitcase!). The motorcycle needed gas, so I abandoned my car, dog, and suitcase and sped to the nearest gas station. En route to said gas station my Motorcycle transmogrified into a scooter and my Mom’s suburban community, a third world bazaar.
I’m no Carl Jung, but I’d say someone has itchy feet!!!
This year has been not been short on adventure, although I deliberately sidestepped long-term ship assignments to spend more time at home with family and friends…a much-needed spiritual “Dry Dock,” if you will.
For most of us, the celebration of the New Year betokens ‘fresh start’ – newly minted ideas, goals resolutions, and the exploration of new horizons. Wherever your journey may lead in 2015:
May your joys be as deep as the ocean,
And your misfortunes as light as its foam.
Thank you for reading ShiptoShore and…