How strange it is to awaken to an unexpected journey. Often the journey we want (or think we deserve) is not the journey we get. The subtext is not a subtext at all; the subtext is what it’s all about.
You take a job in a new city fully expecting to flourish, only to discover that you must face a menagerie of swarming insecurities. It’s not the journey you imagined, but it’s the journey you must now live. Or you enter a new relationship expecting to live happily ever after, but it turns out not to be so happy. And so you must now pay attention to a different kind of journey and honor a new set of life lessons.
Some spiritual systems emphasize triumphalism, that is to say, “Don’t worry about it, because God / Life / You will triumph in the end!” I like the idea of triumph as much as anyone, but I tend to emphasize a different approach, namely, that what we’re really going through is trying to give us something quite extraordinary. This means that no experience is ever wasted and no day is beyond redemption. The most important journeys tend to be the unexpected ones; and the best lessons to learn are the ones we thought we already knew.
Take a Breath today. What is the real journey you are called to live today? Take a Breath (and a deep gulp of courage), and walk the journey that is.