Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Getting Lost on The Path . . .


Ever felt lost?

Getting Lost on The Path

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Ever had a great plan—trustworthy as a compass—and ended up in some untraceable wilderness?

Being a writer, I can sympathize with lost souls; since, even those who don’t pursue writing can stumble through meaningless plots, meet surprising characters, and wonder when the pointless chapter is going to end…

And, how many of us have become lost on our paths but discovered we’d actually found a new aspect of our Selves?

It could be assumed that getting lost is some magical way to enter lands that promise productive growth…

My Best Friend recently sent me a quote from the Persian poet Rumi:

“Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.”

And, I was also led to a post on Maria Popova‘s blog—A Field Guide to Getting Lost: Rebecca Solnit on How We Find Ourselves.

An excerpt:

“…this act of orienting ourselves — to the moment, to the world, to our own selves — is perhaps the most elusive art of all, and our attempts to master it often leave us fumbling, frustrated, discombobulated. And yet therein lies our greatest capacity for growth and self-transcendence.”

Maria quoting Rebecca Solnit:

“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go….The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation. Love, wisdom, grace, inspiration — how do you go about finding these things that are in some ways about extending the boundaries of the self into unknown territory, about becoming someone else?”

And, a quote that many writers can embrace:

“To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away.”

Just one more excerpt of Rebecca’s thoughts:

“There’s another art of being at home in the unknown, so that being in its midst isn’t cause for panic or suffering, of being at home with being lost.

[…]

“Lost [is] mostly a state of mind, and this applies as much to all the metaphysical and metaphorical states of being lost as to blundering around in the backcountry.

“The question then is how to get lost”

So, whether you’re a Reader, Writer, Publisher, or Other Being, when was the last time you were Truly Lost?
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2 responses to “Getting Lost on The Path . . .

  1. Margaret Rogers August 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for this moment of reality in my day of “what’s possibly next!”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Alexander M Zoltai August 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Well, Margaret, you make me feel worthy—throwing a bit of light on my own sister’s path :-)

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