Someone else probably already said this… did this.
Ugh – I'm a fraud.
These are the lines I feed myself when I'm stuck and I'm certain that writing – striving – is a waste of time because I don't have any new ideas – no new solutions to unveil that haven't already been penned and preached by others more eloquent than I.
But I got over that this morning as I ran my usual two-mile route: up the hill, across Heritage Drive and down Portanimicut road to the landing at Little Pleasant Bay where a small sign
hints at a lesser known quay where locals enter the waterways. The ramp here is solid and the view is serene. Summer is here so the moorings nearby are occupied by fishing vessels and sailboats, cats and skiffs with easy access to the larger Pleasant Bay. Beyond that – Chatham Harbor. A wee bit further – the Atlantic Ocean. And from there, the options are endless.
As I ran this familiar out-and-back, it occurred to me that when I want solace, I don't venture into uncharted territory. I take this route two to three times every week for its predictability. The beauty of this path has already been carved – it's right there waiting for me. No need to force or forge a new trail, and I wouldn't want to. Invention isn't the point. By accepting that which was is already here, I am free to travel within, and also transcend, my inner life. I can venture beyond my thoughts.
My desire to be fresh and new in the eyes of others, even if the most essential truths have already been spoken, is a pursuit for praise. There's nothing wrong with wanting approval or appreciation, but I think this sort of striving is an incomplete quest. To have the real and best interest of each other in mind is to point the way to the ramp – to illuminate a path where we can all uncover goodness, love and connection previously obscured from sight.
Let my words can be a signpost: boat launch this way, beach that way, compassion here, enlightenment there. May my work shed light on The Way.
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