Lantern 2: A Circle on the Map

I’m the kind of person who likes to plan ahead. I like to know where I am going and how to get there. It’s important to me to have a clear goal and a clear path.

This tendency has had the unfortunate outcome of making me avoid uncertainty. An uncertain path makes me fearful of the possibility of dragons lurking and confusion awaiting and little hope of accomplishment. But, of course, where dragons are, so are the angels.

Here’s a bit of wisdom that has offered me such comfort over the years that I’ve been willing to choose the uncertain path:

This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. -Hafiz

In other words, where you are is where you are meant to be. It matters not whether you understand its purpose. It will become clear. You are not alone. There is a wisdom greater than you.

I remember once going to a teachers’ conference, back when I was teaching high school English. An Episcopal school principal was explaining his chagrin about how secular education, out of an abundance of caution and as a precaution against discrimination, focused only on the development of the intellect but abandoned the issue of children’s spiritual growth.

As a product of a very restrictive fundamentalist upbringing, I certainly understood the caution against ‘teaching religion,’ and yet his point was a good one: How lonely and sad it is to children to not know that they are never alone? That God or Spirit or Something is looking out for them?

And how comforting it is to know that God or Spirit or Something is watching over your path? It might just help you to keep going.


Trish Ring, Ph. D.