1: something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another
2: an act or instance of traveling from one place to another: trip
3 chiefly dialectal: a day’s travel
Journey (v.): mid-14th century, “travel from one place to another,” from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoiier “work by day; go walk, travel,” from journée “a day’s work or travel.”
Journey (n.): c. 1200, “a defined course of traveling; one’s path in life,” from Old French journée “a day’s work or travel” (12th century), from Vulgar Latin diurnum “day,” noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus “of one day.”
Meaning “act of traveling by land or sea” is c. 1300. In Middle English it also meant “a day” (c. 1400); a day’s work (mid-14th century); “distance traveled in one day” (mid-13th century), and as recently as Johnson (1755) the primary sense was still “the travel of a day.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973, author, linguist, and internationally-known fantasy writer, best known for writing "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" trilogy)
“The only journey is the one within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke (René Maria Rilke,1875—1926, Austro-German poet who became internationally famous with such works as "Duino Elegies" and "Sonnets to Orpheus")
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin (1903-1977, French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals)
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen (b. 1952, American author, journalist and opinion New York Times columnist, Public and Private, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992)
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887, American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, speaker, and abolitionist)
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” — Henry Ward Beecher
A couples of weeks ago, I went to the high school graduation of a young man. Hunter is young man who I really admire, because he is one of the most humble and kindest souls I know. In short, I believe he’s a compassion genius. This is confirmed, because children, the purest of souls, love Hunter as well. They somehow know intuitively that he has one of the purest of hearts.
The graduation was beautiful in the auditorium of the Christian Academy. However, when it came to the awards part of the graduation the emphasis was only placed on the smartest students of the class, those who tested well. Overall, the graduating class was very impressive, culturally diverse, mostly children from immigrant families. However, I was a little dismayed to see that there was little emphasis paid to those students, like Hunter, who had resilience, fortitude and stick-to-itiveness. Unfortunately, these are not the qualities we celebrate normally. We are not programmed to empathize, or to relate for the matter, with a person’s journey. It’s not our natural inclination to do so, especially with those who are different from ourselves.
One-to-one we can change that by having the important cross-cultural and cross-intergenerational dialogues with each other. It is in these conversations that we are given opportunities to sort through the details of our histories, and to find the universal themes of our suffering and victories that stream through all of our lives.
Celebrate your journeys, sojourners, celebrate all that you have survived through and transcended above.
Much Love, Tonya