I’m fascinated with the things I’m learning from the book, “Snow Rising”.
In the book, Clara, a mentor, has a conversation with Jason, the person she is teaching, as they discuss how the more we learn, the more we realize how little we know. She explains to him that every answer we are given can bring up many more questions in our quest to understand.
To that, Jason asks,
“So when do we catch up?”
“Never,….and isn’t that great! That means that life will always carry a sense of discovery. It’ll always be an exploration to see what’s around the next bend in the river or on top of the next summit.”
I loved that perspective. I know that when grief enveloped me and I felt crushed by the sense of complete lack of control that the death of my husband had created, the last thing I would have been excited about was what was “around the next bend in the river” of life. I’d had enough of the surprises and the unexpected, and the future held nothing but unanswered questions and who-knows-how-many-more tragedies and disappointments.
But now, I am at a place where I feel that the future is bright. I’m feeling that sense of discovery, and I have a confidence that if I am presented with something unexpected again – which I have come to believe is highly probable – there will somewhere be the knowledge I’ll need to make it through that challenge, too. On and on, challenges leading to a quest for knowledge, the journey will continue. When does it stop?
And isn’t that great!