Today’s Prompt: Write about a time when you failed to reach your destination.
Solvitur ambulando is a Latin phrase that means it is solved by walking. For so many of the problems we face in life, be they physical, mental or spiritual: solvitur ambulando. I think this is one of the reasons I love walking the labyrinth so much. The labyrinth is a walk that has three parts: walking toward the center, sitting in the center, and walking out. The shape of the labyrinth is strange but wonderful. The walk takes you near the center, far outside it and back to the middle, several times. One must focus only on the steps immediately in front, otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
I’ve walked many labyrinths and come away with different insight each time. Sometimes the insight comes right away, sometimes it comes days later. Most of the time the simple process of walking the labyrinth is meaningful…solvitur ambulando.
They mystery of the labyrinth is, for me, in the process of walking. The destination is unclear, the journey is the destination.
I’m on a retreat with my family through tomorrow, so I’ll leave it here for today. See you tomorrow to talk about restore.
To learn more about labyrinths go HERE.
This post is a part of the 25 days of advent writing and photos that I’m doing with my church Northwood Presbyterian Church, San Antonio. For the writing portion, I’ve just set a timer for 20-30 minutes and whatever I have at the end of the time, I post. No editing past the time limit… no worries if there are errors or if I stare at the screen for the first 15 minutes. Giving it a try.