Last week, the music of The Beatles filled my home as my husband practiced several of their songs for a Sunday performance. I was taken in by the beauty and meloncholy of The Long and Winding Road, which seemed to sum up our human/spiritual trek:
The Long and winding road, that leads to your door
Will never disappear, I've seen that road before
It always leads me here, leads me to your door...
This is a song for our weary moments, but it's also a validation of the heroes journey that we are all on. No matter our age or our circumstances, if we're born into human bodies, we share a common DNA that knows the joys and the hardships of having a physical experience in a dualistic world.
In our very cells, we hold the sorrow and the strife of forgetting who we really are, and continually having to find our way back home---back to our Higher Self, or God, or our soul's immortality. This is why Joseph Campbell called it a heroes journey---this long and winding road is not for the faint-hearted.
As I listened to the lyrics of the song, I thought they were perfect, except for, "Anyway, you'll never know the many ways I've tried...," because I believe spirit knows and honors every ounce of effort we have ever made, no matter what the outcome.
Interestingly though, this morning when I looked up a video of The Beatles performing the song, Paul had changed that one line. He sang, "Anyway, you've always known the many ways I've tried." I loved how this, along with his scruffy beard and compassionate eyes, seemed to perfectly demonstrate just how the journey works. The road to spiritual awakening is long and winding, but I believe it's the very road we all came here to travel.
This Thanksgiving, as you contemplate what you have to be grateful for, please take a moment to appreciate all the progress you've made during your life, even if it doesn't feel like much. Know that appearances can be deceiving, and that everything you've ever done, thought, or felt has led you a little closer to where you need to be. Happy Thanksgiving.