“There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.” ― Fernando Pessoa
Sea voyages make good metaphors for life, because they encompass the adventure, daring, uncertainty, beauty and danger that are part of living. It might be easy to dream of a journey as a means of escape, but in reality, trouble is everywhere and risk abounds, even for those who try to escape calamity by staying home.
As Pessoa points out, pain will be inevitable even with a smooth voyage and safe arrival. Though we may not set sail for the same ports, we have sorrow in common. We also have joy, hope, compassion and the excitement of discovery. Let’s continue to help each other in faith that what unites us is greater than what divides us. All of us face challenges, known and unknown, and we need each other.
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