Had your fill of inspirational quotes? Here’s one more I quite like, I promise it’s the last.
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”
—Carl Jung (1875-1961)
What’s absurd when you’re running from yourself?
This morning I received a letter from someone in the middle of a transition; grieving for the world she would soon lose and not feeling connected to where she was going. The reason purgatory is such a powerful idea, perhaps more devastating even than the idea of hell, is that it holds us in an uncomfortable emotional state. We feel we can move neither forward nor back. Despite this, without experiencing limbo, change would not be possible. We are contradictory creatures, resisting change, and yet by nature and in sync with the world we live in, our only constant is change.
Transition gives us time to adjust and to begin to re-calibrate ourselves for where we’re heading. It allows us space to reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve learned. It’s unsettling for a reason, that being to compel us on. If it was pleasant we’d stay where we are and undoubtedly stagnate.
Speaking from the Land of Transition myself, I know the landscape of which I speak. My Father died one month ago and my Mother will soon follow. She too is in limbo, between two worlds, neither of which she feels she belongs to. These days I feel a little like Doctor Who in regeneration, only from the inside out. I appear as before and sound the same but the internal terrain feels wholly altered.
I have a travel tip for those who are ‘on the move.’ I discovered that being in flux is a lot like a gap year; the perfect opportunity to experience new things, and to learn about who you are now. Why not, you do have something to lose - and this is the best way to do it.
Sappho (via arw126kc135)