Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Pilgrimage and Story
I gave a talk on pilgrimage at Emory and Henry College, in which I pulled on the string of thought that pilgrimage is a trail we walk shadowed by a story.
I heard someone say or write something similar recently, and liked it in terms of putting our life journey into the context of a larger story that we are part of, and in which we find meaning.
The problem with it is linear: not all journeys are linear, and same with stories.
Also: how does one understand the multiple levels of how a story, and a pilgrimage, affect us?
Finally: is it my story that tells me who I am, or am I the writer of the story? Is it possible that the story is unfolding and not complete?