It’s The Journey That Matters – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: After Kings Canyon, the road out to the West MacDonnell Ranges stretches out.

There’s an old Sufi aphorism or proverb where a stable master goes to town for his master, only to be met by the figure of death at the markets “Tomorrow we meet and I will take you.” The man rides home and asks his master for a team of horses that he might ride to the ends of the realm. His request is granted. And he furiously rides to the end of the realm, and as he enters the markets, Death steps out, and says: “I told you I’d meet you today!” There are a number of these stories, some embellished, or like this one – my paraphrase, and from different traditions. But the point is made, It’s not the destination that matters. You can go to the corners of the earth and yet you are still you, and life goes on, it’s the journey that matters and facing oneself.


It’s The Journey That Matters

We never really arrive,
and the destination is never the destination
we think it is,
or, at the very least,
the landscape of everything is not what we expected,
only the people and places along the way,
help us truly arrive at ourselves with understanding.
It’s the journey that matters,
the journey to me,
with standard deviations,
rabbit holes and tea parties,
haring about,
crying and laughing,
loving and not loving,
skipping along,
grief or whimsey,
arriving and departing,
sometimes too soon.
Destinations can only be seen
through the eyes
of lived experiences,
as constantly never arriving,
and yet always arriving,
as we embrace the journey
in all its unplanned mayhem.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon




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45 responses to “It’s The Journey That Matters – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I have told that story so many times since I read it last Autumn ๐Ÿ™‚ an interesting version and outcome. Thanks

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  2. Such a good tale and message throughout. “unplanned mayhem” – a good description for life. I clearly remember, in my 20’s, feeling like I had “to get” somewhere – as if life was ticking by, and I was late for my arrival. With age, we learn the destination is seldom the destination (as you point out.) Thanks for joining in.

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  3. You can cheat on your wife and on your taxes, but you can’t cheat death.

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  4. In Italy a story like this was told in a beautiful song: “Samarcanda”

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  5. As my friends are fond of saying, “Everywhere you go, there you are!”

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  6. ok now this is getting officially scary … about two hours before you posted this, probably as you were writing it I decided to reblog my post about the next big adventure!
    I have heard this story many times … and getting well acquainted with ourselves is essential on this journey as we have so many lessons to learn ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Hรฉlรจne - Willow Poetry

    Wisdom from your life’s experiences speaks loudly in this post Paul. I do believe that quite a few a us are finally arriving at this understanding, that the journey is more important than the destination. That feels good for me, just being with what is rather than needing to get somewhere other than where I am.

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  8. Ah, another wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of my favorite Mary Oliver poem:
    “Instructions for living a life:
    Pay attention.
    Be astonished.
    Tell about it.”

    You seem to be doing that in spades!๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. I love this poem.
    The irony is, many times we read similar poems, stories, tales but we often forget the lesson and nevery stop chasing the unknown destination ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Isn’t that the simple truth! And we spend a lifetime chasing death, never taking a breather to enjoy the journey. Delightful turn of phrases.

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  11. I absolutely love this!

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  12. lync56

    So beautifully woven together to tell such deep truths


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  14. Brilliant Paul ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  15. In life there are no guarantees, so enjoy the journey and appreciate the moments. Life might surprise you. Wonderful post, full of wisdom. ๐Ÿ™‚

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