1: to travel by water: sail
2: to steer a course through a medium; specifically: to operate an airplane
3: get around, move
Navigate (v.): 1580s, a back-formation from navigation, or else from Latin navigates, past participle of navigare. Extended to balloons (1784) and later to aircraft (1901).
Navigation (n.): 1530s, from Middle French navigation (14th century), or directly from Latin navigationem (nominative navigation) “a sailing, navigation, voyage,” noun of action from past participle stem or navigare “to sail, sail over, go by sea, steer a ship,” from navis “ship” (naval) + root of agere “to set in motion, drive, drive forward” (related to: act).
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams (1952-2001, English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist, and dramatist; best known as the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")
"Ideas matter. The world matters. Our lives matter, and the choices we make as we navigate our lives perhaps matter most of all."
Lauren Myracle (b. 1969, American writer of young adult fiction)
“When you follow a star you know you will never reach that star; rather it will guide you to where you want to go. ... So it is with the world. It will only ever lead you back to yourself.”
Jeanette Winterson (b. 1959, award-winning English writer, who became famous for her first book, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit")
“You'll be hard-pressed to reach your goals if you don't map out where you're going. Take time to navigate your life.”
Richelle E. Goodrich (writer and poet, best known for writing, "Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year")
“Loss is like a wind, it either carries you to a new destination or it traps you in an ocean of stagnation. You must quickly learn how to navigate the sail, for stagnation is death.”
Val Uchendu (actor and writer)
“Someone who managed to navigate the tricky waters between living a life you could be proud of and still delighting in the many things there are to take pleasure in.”
Calvin Trillin (b. 1935, American journalist, novelist, and humorist; best known for writing, "About Alice")
"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."
Amy Poehler (b. 1971, actress, comedian, director, writer, and voice artist)
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler
We cannot navigate our lives alone. We need each other, the camaraderie of experienced fellow travelers with unique perspectives on the art of Life. We also need villages of co-conspirators, close friends, friends and allies, who see, know and understand who and what we are born to be, and who help us co-create. Although, individually are enough, playing in the sandbox alone is not much fun. Although there are times when we may need alone-time to incubate our ideas.
As creative souls we thrive on being around like minds, at least some of the time. Community participation is vital, and the more access we have to different types of communities, the better. This may be the reason why we have set up different internet platforms as “social experiments.” There’s a need to know that we matter and that our existence means something beyond our narrowly-focused worlds.
Why are we here? Thought-leaders and spiritual teachers would say that we are cosmic specialists on the leading edge of an evolving Universe. How we participate in the “Divine Dance” is by determined how we push for or against the boundaries of Universal Love, individually and collectively. And this is determined by our individual free wills to choose our paths and hone in on our capabilities to create. We can determine the course of lives either by making choices to navigate the oceans of dreams or by surfing our tsunamis of nightmares. The choice has always been ours. And forget copping out by sitting on some metaphorical fence. That won’t help either. Actually, that choice will only delay the inevitable and make our circumstances worse.
How we commit to love or fear is how we choose to rewire our minds, bodies and hearts. We can either be stagnant in our addiction to drama that will eventually serve our demise, or we can build spiritual and meditative disciplines towards what Cynthia Bourgeault has coined, “purgative, illuminative, and unitive” consciousness.
It’s time, sojourners, we ante up and look for deeper and creative ways to take care of each other! Let’s continue to think and create out of the Box!
In Creative Solidarity,