The tale of a journeyman

Don’t hasten dear friend – go pack your bag.

Gather your thoughts and gather your things.

Don’t dwell on the contents: let them drop between your palms.

Some will drift and fall to the side, but you can be sure that what you need will always be there.

Pack lightly but pack with vigour.

Go with vigour but tread lightly.

You may not know when you have arrived but when you are ready the door will open for you.

What you seek will be waiting.

Don’t look too hard.

True beauty is not in what you see but in what you feel and sense.

Trust in yourself.

Trust your purpose and you will journey home a richer man.

Your bag will be lighter . . . yet fuller.

Wisdoms will settle in your heart and body and soul.

Let them rest there a while.

Grow used to them and they will stay with you forever.

They will stand the test of time.

Use them well and share them freely.



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53 responses to “The tale of a journeyman

  1. Catherine Johnson

    Great poem!

  2. The main thing I’ve learned from going on long journeys is ‘always pack a toilet roll’ and ‘I wish I’d stayed at home. I could be sat in my armchair with a coffee and a cigarette right now, watching reruns of Doctor Who.’

  3. Precious gifts of advice.

  4. a daily mantra for sure, ty for this beautiful poem.

  5. Wow! Awe Full
    Wonder Full

  6. This could have been written for me … at this very point I am thinking about considering maybe organising a jaunt to the coast, this contains all that my experiences of travel (and of life) would have me remember … but presented in a much prettier packet.
    Thank you.

  7. 67paintings

    Have you read Siddhartha? a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha. Your poem reminds me of that man.

  8. There seems to be a real theme going on about not pushing what can be and letting it reveal itself organically. Great post!

  9. poppytump

    I’m there … and back… with your poem Andrea . Lovely lovely flowing harmony for me . .

  10. Super….glad it resonated for you Poppy

  11. michaelmulholland

    Well said, thank you for sharing.

  12. This is lovely. For some reason reminds me of something my best friend says when something good happens…”Hold it in your heart for more than just a fleeting moment. Let it nurture you.”

  13. Love the positive energy 🙂

  14. This actually made my heart feel lighter after an emotionally draining day! Thank you! 🙂

  15. mj

    Reblogged this on Laughing Penguins and commented:
    I loved this poetic expression of journeys and what goes into them.
    I hope you enjoy it as much…

  16. mj

    This is so beautifully said. Indeed, journeys are so much about making the right choice about what to leave take with us – those that give meaning to our journey itself. Thank you for scripting such a lovely piece.

    • I am honoured that you re blogged this and so pleased that it resonated with you. I wrote it some years ago when I was a little lost on my journey. Looking back I can see how it has helped me. Have a great day

  17. Ah, so wise, so young. I connect with the insights in your poetry. It is very good, you know, and universal. I would read every word always if the work came to me in my inbox. Do you choose to include the entire text in email notices to your followers? I hope so. I don’t recall getting notices. I have to check. Please remind me if I forget. I am old, you know, and I have to be reminded. Thank you.

  18. Hi George. I think you have to choose to get e mail updates . It is in edit preferences I think. Such kind words. Thank you so very much. Andrea

  19. never be too hard on the self, enjoy the moment and never give up on! I so love the poem. fab:)

  20. there is a huge amount of wisdom in these words.. wonderful.. c

  21. Beautifully message, so well crafted. I owe thanks to MJ for directing me to your lovely site 🙂

  22. brilliant comparatives~ pack with vigor, tread lightly… extremely beautifully structured !

  23. Perfect timing for my journey…:-) I will try to trust my purpose

  24. You write with so much wisdom. This is beautifully said. One of my top fav:
    “True beauty is not in what you see but in what you feel and sense.
    Trust in yourself.
    Trust your purpose and you will journey home a richer man.”

  25. I also loved this one heaps!! Yet I look at it from a point of view of starting my life again and not being afraid! Thank you, I love this so much, it inspires me! I hope your hugs have continued? 🙂 Hugs Paula xxx

  26. What a wonderful poem full of hidden wisdom and adventure. Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. Xx

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