My Extended Comment

Taken on a Carnival Cruise in 2006 St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

This post is a comment on the post from Leslie Godfrey which should appear just below, if I do this right. The picture above is just to show that, indeed, we have been at sea. I took it, but I’m afraid that I have no idea who those people were. Still, that is the genuine Pacific Ocean just off the starboard rail. You should read Leslie’s post first for this post to make the best sense.

Leslie, I feel like I’ve gotten to know you pretty well in the past couple of years. I’ve always wanted to vicariously sail around the world! 🙂 But, seriously, your post reminds me of something from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, by Carlos Casteneda. Overall, that book, and the series of books that followed, proved to be a great way to capitalize on a master’s thesis by appealing to hippies, but there is at least one very wise thing in the book. Attributed to Don Juan (who was most likely real) it happened when Carlos C. asked Don Juan what path he should follow through life. Don Juan’s answer was, and I can only paraphrase at this point, but the paraphrase is accurate, that every path in life leads to the same end. Therefore, the important thing in choosing your path is to choose the path with heart. In the end, we are all in that same place. What is important is how much heart you put into getting there.

Anyone reading this blog is no doubt smart enough to see what Don Juan was getting at. And, in this at least, he and I completely agree.

Which is to say, Leslie, that you are following what is for you the path with heart. I can’t imagine any way that doing so could possibly go wrong. Sail on, sister!

2 thoughts on “My Extended Comment

  1. That’s a fantastic reply, Steve. I think you are spot on, and I think your comments track with my more loquacious follow up post on the subject. If we take our path with heart, and get curious enough to look closer – whatever path we are on, we will all enjoy our selves more and feel less inclined to worry about whether our path is as good as the next one.

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