Traveling through life's adventure is easier with some sort of guide or book.
In religious terms, people frequently jump to, “Oh, you mean the Bible! That’s the guidebook for life,” and while this is true for many people, there is truth all around us that is there to be seen when we look for it. Perhaps the first step in finding it is to realize, as does the young woman in the artwork, The Traveler, that we do not know everything, cannot be expected to know everything, and especially when we find ourselves in new places or situations, are wise to look to another – a guidebook, a sacred text, another person who exhibits wisdom and the kindness and compassion that should accompany it – to help us to the next step.
The Traveler reminds us that we are all travelers on this planet, and even if we never make it beyond the confines of the valley in which we were born, we all face the next 24 hours, and the 24 hours after that, and the 24 hours after that, not knowing where they will take us, what steps we will take to get through them, and where we will be at the end of the day.
Such uncertainty is daunting, which is perhaps why we try so desperately to control certain aspects of our lives – understandable indeed – as well as set up rules and guidelines to follow which theoretically will ensure that we will not get lost. This latter is a dicey situation, as we really should question those various rules and regulations, determine who created them (was it a person of wisdom, grace, and compassion?) and decide whether or not these rules are of sufficient value to incorporate into our lives.
The Traveler encourages us to seek wisdom, but not be a slave to a resource – and, when we have learned what we can learn, to take the next step boldly and see where we go.
Featured on 27 Fine Art America groups.
First Place winner in the Fine Art America contest, With Love from Paris and Rome, sponsored by the Daily Promotion group.
April 28th, 2017
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