Summer Meditation – Tennyson’s Ulysses

How long has it been since you set off on a ‘great adventure?’ Many of the people I know see life as hum-drum. The days and weeks and years have fallen into routine. They see no challenges ahead, except perhaps for dealing with middle age’s aches and pains, and retirement money worries.

How life has changed! I think we all need to be shaken up once and a while, to have an adventure, to tackle something we’ve never done before, to stretch our capacities.

I found this quote from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from the poem so many of us read while in high school years ago. I offer it up today, as something to reread and ponder. Are there ways that you can ‘seek a newer world?’

“Come, my friends,
Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles whom we
knew. Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are —
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

from the epic poem, “Ulysses”

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