Journeys To A Grande Finale


The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
– Ivy Baker Priest

Here we go round the bramble bush,
The bramble bush,
The bramble bush.
Here we go round the bramble bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

In the Power of Myth, scholar Joseph Campbell said that in later life, our youth can appear “scripted,” as though each heartbreak and happiness were deliberate and essential.  If so, then every setback and success was necessary.

The notch that runs from the nostrils to the lip is the “philtrum.”  Folklore calls this indentation the birth “angel’s touch,” the imprint that seals the secrets of our purpose and past.  Spared that knowledge, we get to loop-de-loop in and out and around life’s possibilities until, Gadzooks!, where we’ve been shows us where we’ve always been headed. With that process in mind, here’s another song that can ease the journey-

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.
Life is but a dream.

This little reflection is the 5th in a five-part series about life’s quests.  Next, dahlias and The Four Agreements.

NOTE:  When James Orchard Halliwell first recorded “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush,” he noted that another and older version used bramble.



The World Is But A Canvas to The Imagination – Henry David Thoreau


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“Life is difficult.”  That’s how psychologist M. Scott Peck opened his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled . If so, life carry-alongs should include comfy shoes, light luggage and anti-venom to thrive despite life’s setbacks and survive the roadblocks that arise from disappointments, betrayals, heartbreak and grief.  Recommended travel tools include –

  • Distractions – activities that keep thoughts from replaying whatever rudeness or meanness cause stress. The upset antidotes can include soothing music, strolling through nature or near running water, needlework, even dishwashing or changing a tire.
  • Affirmations – phrases that defuse the mind-messers when repeated with conviction.   See Louise Hay’s daily detoxers.
  • Visuals – pictures that present our highest desires and intentions for ourselves.

All of these tools belong in our knapsacks.  My current favorites are the images from Architecture Digest and a nice Mercedes dealer that sit on small easels throughout my home.  Every time I see one, I smile.  Mainly because Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” with:

  1. Specific descriptions of the outcomes expected and
  2. Clear commitments to the goals.

Whenever I consider buying a ticket for a hundred-million dollar lottery, I wonder if the winners worked the two steps more diligently and trustingly than me.  (Not possible.)

If that kind of fortune has more to do with luck and chance, the rest of us might have to collaborate with what Deepak Chopra calls the infinite organizing power of the universe.  Sounds like a grand and fun experiment:  Envisioning a great future and painting possibilities while crossing the river from what was to what can be.

Next week is the last of this five-part series about journeys.  The next series will explore Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements.

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