Uncharted Territory

11 Jan

Empty branches.

This Daily OM takes on new meaning given the political atmosphere today. Although I’ve tried to take comfort in these words of wisdom, I am watching a train wreck yet nobody is capable of stopping it despite the many warnings we’ve been given. What will happen to our country as a result of these unprecedented policies? It’s extremely frightening.

Feeling Lost

When we are lost, we typically look at a map to figure out where we are and how to get to our chosen destination. This works well, assuming that there is a map of the territory in which we find ourselves, and assuming that we know our destination. However, this is not always the case. At this time in human history, we are all venturing into uncharted territory, whether we know it or not. And as individuals, we may find ourselves covering ground that our predecessors never even knew existed. When we look to them for guidance, they often come up short. Not knowing exactly where we are, we find ourselves unsure of which way to go, and eventually the uneasy feeling that we are lost presents itself.

The beauty of being lost is the same thing that makes it scary—it asks us to look within ourselves to find the way. If we have no map, we must go on instinct, relying on our inner compass to show us which way to go. This can be scary because so much seems to be riding on it. We fear we might go too far in the wrong direction, or become paralyzed and make no progress at all. And yet, this is the very challenge we need to develop our ability to trust ourselves. We are also learning to trust that the universe will support and guide us. We may believe this intellectually, but it is only through experience that it becomes knowledge of the heart. Learning to be okay with being lost and trusting that we will be guided, we begin our journey.

A few lonely trees.

We can support ourselves by confirming that we don’t need to know exactly where we are going in order to take our first steps. We are learning to feel our own way, rather than following an established path, and in doing so we learn to trust ourselves. It is this trust that connects us to the universe and reminds us that no matter how lost we feel, and even as we journey, on the inner level we are already home.

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved


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6 responses to “Uncharted Territory

  1. Suresh Gundappa

    January 12, 2007 at 10:06 am

    your second photo is incredibly beautiful , perfect capture , great clarity. Lovely angle. Congrats !

  2. icedmocha

    January 12, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    I wonder what will happen, as well. Scary times.
    Nice photos.

  3. penseroso

    January 12, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with Suresh re the second photo. The first one is great too, but the second really has that “je ne sais quoi”. As for the train wreck, I’m not going to add to your pessimism. I’ve given you enough of that. I’ll just settle for admiring the spectacular shots you’ve been taking.

  4. Gracie

    January 12, 2007 at 9:05 pm


    That photo was taken during a moment of frustration at the end of the day so I was shocked that it even turned out at all. 🙂

    Iced Mocha,

    Scary indeed. It will only get worse as long as the same lunatics are in charge.


    You’ll have to humor me by translating “je ne sais quoi”. You do understand as a kindred spirit the train wreck analogy so your pessimism is understood and appreciated. You’re far too intelligent not to be worried about current policies including the latest on Iran and Syria.

    BTW, glad you liked the picture. 🙂

  5. penseroso

    January 12, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    “Je ne sais quoi” is French for “I don’t know what.” That’s the literal translation. It’s often used, however, in the sense of “a certain something” for which there are no words, an undefinable, indescribable, ineffable quality that is both obvious and yet limitless. It’s dang good, though!

  6. Gracie

    January 13, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Cool! Why thank you ever so much. 🙂


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