Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A T.S. Eliot Moment

Read this verse from T. S. Eliot's "The Four Quartets":

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

Everyday, as I set my foot down on the floor from the bed in sleepy steps, grind the coffee, feed the dogs, take the dogs out for our morning pilgrimage, I am aware that the pilgrimage is "on."

When I go on an actual pilgrimage, and come home, I realize that I am more alive, recognizing anew parts of life that I missed before.

And this is the focus of the School of the Pilgrim: to aid people to know the place they come from "for the first time."

Bravo to Eliot!