Finis Terre (The ends of the earth)


“One self is always on the way out, while the other is just on the horizon…You live best as an anticipator of horizons, whether you reach them or not.” David Whyte



Life is always taking you off captive

to places you would not go

if you had known what was coming.


You have lost yourself

in the strange land,

and not known your way,

and felt forsaken.


You have looked in that hazy mirror

and not recognized

your own visage.


Your wandering

seemed endless.


But then

a day finally came,

after too many starless nights,

and too many days of ragged bondage.

The moment arrived


when you knew you had to get up

and take that next step.


Homeland was calling

and the shifting tides

were tugging at your very soul.


And you began,


if you would find your way through.


You walked out into the night

to a sky full of stars.

And one particular star called you.

And you gave yourself over

to that tiny guide.


Though you too felt so small,

you let yourself be led

into the unknown.


And a tender trust

made its home in your breast.


And somehow you knew

Homeland was very near

after all.




trusting that glimmer in the night

to bring you home again,

you set out.


For you are Traveler.

And your path always leads off

to a new horizon.

Be swift to follow now.

Your star is calling.


Two beautiful questions arise as we fully embrace our status as a Traveler: “Who brought you through thus far?” and “What star is calling you now?”


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through; and of a blog on, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (, adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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