Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Road of Trials

In every myth, the hero faces struggles, challenges and dangers. He meets some who are helpers and some who are distractors from his mission.

We are in the midst of that phase now.

We have met some brokers who are helpers. We have been able to avoid at least one broker who is a complete sleezeball.

We have met some people who have become our friends and given us emotional support. And we have met some people who have presented themselves as friends, but more of their goals was to profit from us financially.

We negotiate this landscape with much turmoil. We come home and wonder if the person we met today was helper or distractor. It’s not always clear.

We have gone into the labyrinth seeking our boat, talking to brokers, walking docks and looking online. We have gotten so lost that often we don’t even know what it is we are looking for anymore. We say it’s a boat. And we can name the criteria, but then when we see a boat that might be “it,” we pick it apart: Too expensive. Or: too far away. Or: needs too much work which will take too long.

We have convinced ourselves that to find a boat we have to travel to America. A number of knowledgeable people have told us that the kind of boats we want aren’t here in the Med.

And so, now we begin that phase of this adventure. Traveling away from this place which was supposed to be the easy place to find a boat.

Perhaps it’s time to read Joseph Campbell’s words for “The Hero With A Thousand Faces.”

"Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials. This is a favorite phase of the myth-adventure. It has produced a world literature of miraculous tests and ordeals. The hero is covertly aided by the advice, amulets, and secret agents of the supernatural helper whom he met before his entrance into this region. Or it may be that he here discovers for the first time that there is a benign power everywhere supporting him in his superhuman passage. The original departure into the land of trials represented only the beginning of the long and really perilous path of initiatory conquests and moments of illumination. Dragons have now to be slain and surprising barriers passed—again, again, and again. Meanwhile there will be a multitude of preliminary victories, unretainable ecstasies and momentary glimpses of the wonderful land."

This is the adventure cycle we are in. But we don't have that nifty little backpack.

Tomorrow we fly to Istanbul. Jennifer will spend a week there with her friend Nirmala. I will spend a few days with the ladies, then continue on to spend a few days with my daughter, Zoe.

From there, Jennifer and I will travel to Florida to visit with my parents for the holidays and look at boats there.


judymac said...

The journey goes on.....twists and turns.....linear would be boring after all

Joel Gardner said...

I thought that was a scuba tank for the abyss part.