So far away

Mar 24, 2018 by

So far away

The river of life flows from the rapids of the future through our spirit into the calm glass-like waters of our past. There are times when we cross this river with friends and family. And times when we cross on our own, individually in our canoes without company. And times when we cross with partners and lovers. Sometimes the other shore seems so far away. Sometimes as we leave one shore the people we care about seem so far away. Sometimes the river is wide and the other shore seems so far away.

It’s a dance. It’s a journey downstream from one bank of the river to another. The curiosity of the journey is what makes the difference.

The universe is speaking to me as she recently put “Wait For Me” by Theory of a Deadman, on my playlist. The very first lyrics of the song go like this

You are not alone tonight
Imagine me there by your side
It’s so hard to be here so far away
from you

As I listened to these lyrics when he says “It’s so hard to be here so far away” I started to understand he’s calling to his next stop on the river. So far away from the next point in his journey with the next companions that join him.

And that’s the point. Knowing that you’ll criss-cross the river of life and not being completely hooked on taking a certain section of the river in a certain way, with certain people, in a certain canoe, at a certain time of day or point in your life. The river is constantly moving and becoming a new river, and that is exactly what life is about: A constant journey. But we’ve all heard this 1,000 times before. So what’s different about now?

Well, at least for me, the difference is the acceptance of the path. The knowing that companions move through your life, stay in your life, lean away and then back into your life, and knowing that the river sometimes is rough and fast and at times calm and serene. It’s the acceptance of the journey, not the need for any one given direction.

So here’s my question: “What could you do to be more accepting of the river’s path?” What could you understand about the journey, about how it ebbs and flows? What could you understand about how even in the quietest of moments of solitude you are accompanied by others on the journey, and those you hold dear are always on the banks waiting?

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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