Journey – as defined by The Free Dictionary –
n. pl. jour·neys
a. The act of traveling from one place to another; a trip.
b. A distance to be traveled or the time required for a trip: a 2,000-mile journey to the Pacific; the three-day journey home.
2. A process or course likened to traveling; a passage: the journey of life.
Most dictionary resources say the same thing – that a journey is the act of traveling from one point to the other, whether physically or just in your heart. Standing still is never mentioned. A journey does not occur when the traveler is fixed in their mind and spirit to a particular point of view or a particular set of rules.
We begin a new year. We have doubts. Expectations. We make promises to ourselves and others. We have intentions. We succeed. We fail. We put one foot in front of the other and move. This is what makes us travelers. This is what creates a journey. Without a journey, there is no story. Without a story, we are fixed like cement – we are not living.
Whether you go in a circle or walk a straight path, whether you count the days as one does the beads on a rosary or mala, or climb the edges of a river bed or peek through the spaces of fence posts as you walk, your journey will only begin once you open your heart and see that this new year, this marker of time, is nothing without your participation.
Every day. Every moment. Every encounter. Participate fully with your heart.