Life is a Journey

Yes, it is a journey and not to be confused with a trip from, say, London to Perth.

Trips are cluttered with suitcases, the inevitable cameras and more than twice the clothes you need that you have to schlep through customs and “baggage collect” at airports. When I still traveled a lot my daughter always wanted to come and help me packing “so that Daddy would not forget the toothbrush.” Now I have finished with trips in this Blog though I may occasionally refer to them to illustrate the mind of the Journey.

You don’t take any baggage on Life’s Journey because you don’t need any. You buy a toothbrush at the first stop on the journey.

The Journey does have a beginning and an end but does not have a clear given destination when you start out. There will be weather changes on the way and that means a change in plans. So it’s best to avoid rigid planning of the routes ahead. A traveler will encounter many a moment of choice when he comes to a crossing on the Roads of Life. Each one will present an easy route or a more difficult one. There will be side roads into the highest mountains leading you to lush and fertile valleys on the other side, or you may take the wrong turn and end up in an avalanche. There will be pleasant drives near riverbanks but you will have to cross some dry desert lands too.

There will be changes in seasons and the wise traveler will find joy in all of them. Spring cannot last forever and you need autumn to witness the spectacle of the Red Oak in Arkansas and how they change daily through autumn, or the fall as Americans call it. An eternal spring will rob you of the Red Oak extravaganzas on Life’s Journey. You will have cool evenings with balmy nights and hot days when you can hardly breath; icy cold ones will make you wish you were in the tropics, but then you also miss the red oak. You will only know the full ecstasy of joy on the high mountains if you know about the depths of despair and the pain in the darker lonely valleys along the way. Love and pain are not mutually exclusive on the Journey of Life; they are in fact intertwined and each one part of the other.

Why is this so?

It is because Life’s Journey is in the mind. It all happens up there, if one assumes that the mind is in the head, which I don’t necessarily think is the place because the mind is so much bigger than the brain. The mind is the greatest gift to mankind. That is where Life’s Journey takes place, where you collect the gifts to “take home” if you were on a tourist trip, or with you on the roads ahead as I prefer to call it.

There will be more if you like it. I find myself at a crossing of the roads right now and I have pulled off onto the roadside to rest a while and ponder which way to take at the crossing. But I will take your comments and listen to your advice while I sit here. That much I have learned on my journey through life; to watch, see and listen to the sounds of the mind while you ponder the three ways out of the crossing. I am saying three because you cannot turn back on Life’s Journey. It is an old cliché on life, but irrevocably true in Life’s Journey that each day comes but once, never to be repeated; at the end of this day it is gone forever like all the others before. You can never walk back to repeat the journey behind you.

13 Responses to “Life is a Journey”

  1. towp Says:

    Thanks Ike I needed that

  2. Ike Jakson Says:

    Thanks towp, and I needed your comment too. Bless your heart. Give my regards to the rest of the crowd at your place. God Bless America.

  3. sstorm0730 Says:

    What a wonderful post. Puts things in perspective, beautifully.

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  5. cheechdog Says:

    Ike, thanks for a great blog.

    You know, as we get older we finally come to realize just how lucky we are to have made it almost to the end of that journey.

    All the crazy chances most of us have taken when we were young, somehow we managed to live through them.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Hi Cheechdog

      Thanks. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • Ike Jakson Says:


      I missed the second half of your comment because I replied straight out of My Dashboard.

      You are so right about all of us when we were young. I had another great day with our son yesterday; we just chew the cud on the days when he was 6 and I his present age [now 38] and divorced from is mother. I screwed up so much but we have since [by the grace of God] found the ways to heal.

      Thanks for every time that you stop by.

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  8. Ike Jakson Says:

    Thanks to my recent visitors. I needed company and you came for me. So much can happen in four years; the journey however, does go on. Bless you.

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  10. Ike Jakson Says:

    Ach, for the old days. It must all come to an end. IkeJ

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