Monthly Archives: February 2008

secret destinations

At the important junctures in our lives, when we fall in love, marry, conceive a child, pick a vocation, we are inspired by our gut if we are lucky, rather than our brain. We choose a direction, with no idea where it will take us or how we will change along the way. I can only say that my choice of direction—which is not the same as as destination—was as conscious as any I have made in my life. As the philosopher Martin Buber once put it, "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

-Joan Gould, from her essay "Once More, With Feeling"