Journeys and Stories and Secret Destinations

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber

There were many charming and interesting things mentioned in The Grail by Brian Doyle 📚, more than I expected for such a local interest book.

I like the framing of this as “secret destinations” even though I don’t think those destinations are pre-decided and don’t need to be. You find them in you, in the place, and in the moment, alone or with those around you. The destinations can even remain secret to you alone.

They’re kind of like a very condensed version of the way that Doyle describes stories:

…this is what happens to people and stories, you sense them and collect them and tell them and savor them and then you and the stories move along down the road, sometimes together and sometimes not.

Brian Doyle The Grail, p. 148

Those secret destinations in every journey are our own personal poetry, resonant in our hearts and minds. Even on the longest journey.

The longest journey is the journey inward.

Dag Hammarskjold
J. Garo @garo