February 15, 2010 · 10:30 pm
The Path Unknown courtesy of Virgil Poetry
I was wondering today, if we ever really know the people in our lives. Sometimes we feel like we know each other and that everything is out in the open, but suddenly we are privy to something that opens a door we didn’t know existed. How do you ever really get to know someone? The only way to know each other is to be totally honest and open, without fear of repercussions or retaliations. This is harder than it first appears because while we know what we are thinking and feeling, we cannot predict what others will feel or think. We have to take chances. We have to believe that honesty is the best path and that those we love will understand us. We don’t always know what we are doing, or what the consequences of our actions will be, however, by acting with honesty and with the best intentions, we can be assured that we are on the right path.
There are times when I long for a chance to go back and to re-live parts of my life, like pressing the rewind button on the TV remote control, if only life could be recorded, watched and then revised. I wish for opportunities to jump into the past and see the reality that existed then, gaining understanding of the actions of my parents and family members. I want answers that I cannot have, understanding that eludes me and knowledge held at bay. The mysteries of the past created me, shaped who I am today and impact my life, giving me a shrouded path leading to the unknown. The choice I have is to give others a clearer picture and light in which to make their choices.
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…mysteries of the past created me…
Yet isn’t our path always somewhat shrouded and leading to the unknown, even when we feel we have a clear vision and have laid each stepping stone in the exact place we wish it to be? Would our futures be any more well-lit if there were no mysteries behind us? We can never comprehend the totality of our pasts, nor see with perfection our futures. We can only see things as best we can in the moment that we are living it. But we sure can ponder the rest of it!!!
I don’t think we can ever really get to know someone completely for people change, constantly, and there’s no way of keeping up with that. What we can do, as you said, is to be honest and open, as much as we can with each other.
I believe what you say with all my heart; “We don’t always know what we are doing, or what the consequences of our actions will be, however, by acting with honesty and with the best intentions, we can be assured that we are on the right path.” So beautifully said:)
Thank you for your comments! I am glad this post touched you.
I agree with your praise for this quote: “We don’t always know what we are doing, or what the consequences of our actions will be, however, by acting with honesty and with the best intentions, we can be assured that we are on the right path.”
I have come to know that we can only do the best we can with what we have at the time.
I also agree that we can never know someone completely at all moments in time…
but I also wonder…
would we want to? Maybe, part of being human is keeping certain parts only to ourselves.
Something to think about, right!!?
Well said Nancy, that’s definitely something to think about 🙂 Maybe part of being human lies in being hidden about certain parts of ourselves.
Also, instead of knowing someone fully, I think I would rather keep exploring and trying to discover new aspects of the human soul. I suppose that is one of the motivations for reading & writing stories, that thrill of discovery of a character.