I visit Portugal a lot. It is the combination of good weather, good surf, and good people that keeps me going back. That, and they know how to cook their meat. And the wine… everyone has to try green wine at one point in their lives!
I took this photo in the Algarve, the home of beautiful coastal scenery and long sandy beaches (if you ignore the tourist metropolises that engulf the region).
I like this photo because it reminds me that all rivers will meet the sea. Although the landscapes may change, or even be completely different on both sides of the river, the river will keep flowing to the sea. Sometimes the river will split, going its different ways and meandering wherever the land will take it, but in the end, they both will still end up in the sea.
Rivers are strong, and weak. They will take the easiest route they can to get to their destination, even if it means taking a detour, but give it time and it will break down any surface or landform.
Rivers then, are a metaphor for our lives. We may take the easy route, trying to get to our destination. We are afraid of what may be ahead of us if we make the difficult choices, the tough decisions. Sometimes we split paths from our friends or loved ones, and we worry because we don’t see the ending.
Keep going. The river will keep flowing, and no matter what path you take, you will end up in the sea. People who take different paths are not wrong or right, they are simply taking a different path to the same destination. We all have our paths to tread, so don’t be afraid to make those decisions for yourself. Don’t be afraid of the harder road, because in our trials we often find the biggest reward, and often find in the end that it is the journey, not the destination, that matters.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost 1920
See you tomorrow travellers,