Every story, seven in all, deal with journeys in the emotional, spiritual sense.
These short stories are about the many ways there are to journey, from one place to another, or as a pilgrim in the passage through life. They explore how growth of the human spirit can inspire understanding and love; enlightenment and, ultimately, joy. And what is more heartening than the joy we can find in one another?
There is something for everyone in this little book and it encapsulates the different ways in which one may journey. There is humour as well as sadness; resolution as well as acceptance.
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An unusual love teaches a lesson when a woman journeys from having no esteem to realizing that she has worth.
Ophelia, reading poetry, burst into tears and she could read no further.
"Oh, Ben," she sighed. "What am I going to do?" She was hopelessly in love again, with the wrong man.
Ben looked at her, and yawned.
That night, Ben appeared in Ophelia's dreams. Sitting beside her, he confided what he'd been thinking about lately.
"You should learn to love yourself a little more and others less," he said. "There are many people you can love, but only a few who are worthy of it."
At first Ophelia was hurt, stung that he thought her such a loser.
"I didn't say that," he said. "I didn't call you any names. You are desirable. You are beautiful. I adore you and always will."
"Why don't others see me that way?" she said. "Why do they keep breaking my heart?"
"They only see your desperate loneliness. Your devouring need. Yet, you have no need for anyone to
complete you, only another soul to complement you. And only when you stand alone, empowered as your own person, will you draw the right person to you. If you don't, if you aren't careful, it'll be too late. You'll have no heart left to give."
When Ophelia awoke she remembered this and looked curiously at Ben. From the way he was looking at her, she'd swear he'd had the same dream.
Later that week, when one of her former lovers called, Ophelia remembered the dream. She suspected that he was only phoning because no one else was available, so she gathered enough courage to say she was busy that evening and couldn't see him.
It wasn't easy.
"It'll take me a while to get the hang of it," she told Ben after she put down the phone. "I'm so afraid I'll always be alone. After all, I know you can't be with me forever."
Ben looked away from her and closed his eyes.