Getting Lost, Being Found

“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.”

― Cecelia Ahern, A Place Called Here

I’ve always found answers in books. I’ve been lucky because whenever I’m going through something, the book I pick up to read always seems to have a line that would lead me to the answers I’m looking for or, if not, entertain me enough to distract me from worries.

A year ago, most of plans suddenly went poof. And I am left with rather lofty plans for my future, plans that I have been thinking about for some time but not thinking about them so hard that I already know what to do. During that time, I decided to just shut off and read. I coped by reading (and yes, going out with friends). I read for days.

The book A Place Called Here has been sitting on my shelf for over a year already, never having really gotten into it because, well, it’s not exactly on the top pile of my books to read simply because it wasn’t bought first. Anyway, it was my eighth book in 6 days and while the story is good but not great, that particular line (paragraph, really) struck a chord in me. I’m not going to say it changed my life forever, but it did help a bit in dispelling some of my fears.

Being and feeling lost is normal. Everyone feels it once in a while, and when we do, it feels very disheartening, very discouraging. But we should remember that whether by chance or by design, whether by ourselves or by others, and whether  it be sooner or later, we will always, always be found.

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