T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”

Take any line from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” and use this as a starting point for your own reflections on Time and on Life as a Journey.

“Taking any route, starting from anywhere,

At any time or at any season,” 

These lines from T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding reminds us that as well as being on different individual journeys, every person has a different starting point. Life as a journey is less of a linear progression and more of a maze where different turns lead you in unknown directions. When I think about my own journey to this point in my life, I am certain it is unique. It has been longer than some people’s, and shorter than others. There is no right or wrong way to arrive, it is just a matter of decisions and circumstance.

“Starting from anywhere” is the most important line to me because I have found the greatest challenge in life is indeed starting. Taking that first step towards your goals. Too often I hear people say “I wish I could travel”, “I wish I had that job”, “I want to do this but I don’t know how.” The first step is the most blind one you take, and thus the scariest. By the time you take the second step, you have the knowledge of the first behind you.  The image above is from the middle of rural Germany where I moved in with two complete strangers for a few weeks for the first time. It was scary, but worth it as it made it easier to do the same thing again in other countries and led to lots of great experiences. So book those flights, apply for that job, start saving. Whatever your goal is, take that first step. The rest will follow.

Image: authors photograph, Rohna, Germany.


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