Posts Tagged ‘Rabindranath Tagore’

Earlier this summer I noticed a natural arched doorway in my neighbor’s side yard.  It looks as if it leads to an alternate reality. I find myself constantly walking past it, looking for it (because maybe I imagined it), and wondering about it. The portal looks particularly nice at about 5:30 in the evening, when the sun angles toward it and illuminates the pale bark.

I recently came across a quote which may help explain my fascination with that little archway and the path that lies beyond it:  “Of all the things I am not very good at,” Bill Bryson wrote, “living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding.”

Me, too.  And given a choice between, for example, achieving a full and true understanding of the finances of potential retirement and walking through a mysterious doorway that leads to a strange path, I’ll choose the mysterious doorway every time. Because that’s where the good stories are.

I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can’t make it through one door,
I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door.
Something terrific will come
no matter how dark the present.

— from “See it for the first time,” by Rabindranath Tagore

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3-D view from the front of Curiosity, courtesy of NASA.

The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.

I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light, and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds leaving my track on many a star and planet.

It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself, and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.

The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said “Here art thou!”

The question and the cry “Oh, where?” melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance “I am!”

— Song XII, Gitanjali, 1913, by Rabindranath Tagore


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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