The Enchantment of Journeys

Appalachian Mountains

Appalachian Mountains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has become cliché to think of life as a journey.  Many of us now naturally think of our life this way.

Yet, how often do we think of our life as an enchanted journey, where it is at least partially our responsibility to create the enchantment?  And how often do we give ourself permission to seek an enchanted oasis or respite in our lives on a consistent basis?

Some people feel blessed every minute of their life.  Most of us have to remove our preconceived ideas of how life should be and claim our power as creators of our lives so that we can see even more deeply the great gift of enchantment our life really is.  We also sometimes have to travel some place new to find an enchanted oasis for our soul.

One great way to create enchantment is to go on an actual journey or adventure.  My family and I are about to embark on one very soon. We will be travelling through the Appalachian mountains in America to explore a different part of the country.

We live in metropolitan Chicago which is a very different kind of atmosphere than Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee where we will be traveling.  That’s what is spectacular about the trip — the ability to experience a different culture, new foods, and the beauty of the mountains.  The only thing tall we can see most of the year are skyscrapers in Chicago.  The mountains offer us a different kind of enchanted oasis than we can find in our life here.

While we travel to this summer’s enchanted oasis, I’m going to keep the posts short and simple.

Each day, I will offer you a short daily contemplation that I hope will help you to see your journey through life in an even more enchanted way

The Monongahela National Forest; Photo taken f...

The Monongahela National Forest; Photo taken from slopes of Back Allegheny Mountain looking east (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Today’s contemplation:

What was the most enchanting journey you’ve ever taken?  What made it enchanting?

14 thoughts on “The Enchantment of Journeys

  1. newsofthetimes says:

    For me, it had to be my month in Guatemala. I went by myself, spoke no Spanish before I left and experienced such a personal transformation in the course of 4 weeks. It was a trip full of “moments” and I felt truly alive. Thanks for the reminder. Have a wonderful trip.

  2. bluebutterfliesandme says:

    Mount Shasta….What made it enchanting was the road trip with my Mom and the redwood trees. If you ever get a chance go see the redwoods, they are just….well…enchanting. Have a great trip Karen.

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thanks, we drove around California a few years ago, and we loved Mount Shasta and the Redwoods and Sequoias. As you say, they are enchanting. :) We’re off tomorrow and can’t wait to see another beautiful part of the country.

      • bluebutterfliesandme says:

        I just read your latest post and see you have enchanted journeys involving your Mom too. lol I had a hissy fit up in a curving red wooded road and my Mom laughed at me. Mom’s are great. Safe, fun journey to you and the family.

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