Rambling thoughts about life and The Path of the Sun...
Almost 200 years Ago Alfred Agate painted this image (now in the Public Domain) of a Peruvian man looking towards the sacred Apus of the Andes. What then, did this man think about what was in front of him? Did he see the path forward as a beautiful journey? Were the mountains and cold to be obstacles in his way? Did he think about himself and his place in the universe, where he came from, why, or did he just turn around and head back in the direction he had come from. To me this painting is a beautiful portrayal of the future for all of us. Some see the future as an obstacle or difficult challenge. A mountain to be crossed. Others see the path as a journey into the unknown. Others cannot face it and turn and run. When I cannot decide about what is in store for the future I think of the Q'ero and their plight that they found as part of their daily lives for hundreds of years as indentured servants to the hacendero landowners of Peru. They were cruel. They lived lives of plenty but gave little to the Q'ero except for land at 14,000 feet where they could barely survive. The Q'ero persisted and survived despite the harsh conditions and obstacles they faced. They looked out of their stone huts and saw scenes very similar to that of this man on the horse. They did not turn and run from the obstacles that they faced. Cold, rain, poor growing conditions, little animals to herd and cruel treatment from the landowner. They did not turn back, why? They could not as they had to stay as they were owned by the landowner. Instead they looked upon the beauty of the land, they talked to the mountain spirits, the Apus. The appreciated the beauty and the fruitfulness of mother earth or as they call her pachamama. They performed ceremonies and rituals in the form of offerings. Centuries passed and the words were heard. They received their freedom and while they still struggle with health and poverty issues their lives for the most part have improved. To me they looked towards the mountains as a beautiful journey, A difficult journey, but one filled with beauty. In our daily lives we are faced with many challenges. If we see them as insurmountable, if we turn and run, we will not be there for when it changes. I like to model my thoughts on the Q'ero experience. Be consistent in belief, see the beauty in the challenge and the journey and value the virtue of patience, over time we are guranteed change. Change always brings opportunity, and opportunity eventually leads to abundance. So look to the mountain as it if it is a beautiful journey of discovery and opportunity. If every challenge looked as beautiful as this one, I'd get on the horse everyday and ride forward, cross the river and summit the peaks.
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"Andes, near Alparmarca (i.e. Alpamarca), Peru", "Drawing shows a man on horseback, his back to the viewer, facing toward the Andes Mountains. Alfred Agate participated in the Charles Wilkes expedition to western North America, South America, Australia and the South Pacific from 1838 to 1842.