Which way is home?

“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” — E. E. Cummings

This is my favourite quote, not just because of its apparent simplicity, but in living into the question we see life for what it is.

What is the preeminent question?

Who am I?

Why this path as opposed to the multitude of others?

How do I find peace in my heart?

What does a life well lived look and feel like?

The thing is it takes immense courage to step out of the anodyne and predictable path that so many of us end up following. The poet, the dreamer, the contrarian: do you think they’re this way inclined out of a need to achieve? I doubt it. If anything, it’s because they’ve no choice.

What about you?

Are you making the very most of your God-given talent?

If anything, you’ve succumbed to something far more pedestrian, for fear if you speak up you’ll lose your place in the normal, but oh-so-dull queue.

Perhaps I’m mad to expect a cadre of people to appear who say the system is broke (and want to do something about it) but, let’s face it, when the order of the day is more…grasping, greed, egoic identity, frankly we’re all doomed to a life of disappointment.

I know I keep saying it but when you’ve only one life, are you content to live it the same way as everyone else or in a way that utilises and manifests all of your brilliance?

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