Labyrinth – A Christmas Celebration

Christmas Eve has arrived.  The streets are less crowded as people gather in homes to celebrate this special season.  Walking home via the Vancouver Seawall, my husband and I came across a lone artist working with absolute focus on a complex Christmas tree labyrinth of brightly coloured chalk against a large open walkway in Olympic Village.  Without doubt, it is a labour of love, a gift to our community.

The definition of labyrinth is a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way. Walking the maze – I couldn’t resist the challenge – was a reminder that we experience complexity and ambiguity.  Many times, we face crossroads and competing alternatives that shroud the road ahead.  And yet, it is the challenge that makes life interesting, the moments meaningful.  Time passes, new opportunities arise.

As we look forward to 2019, may we embrace the labyrinths that come our way.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

15 thoughts on “Labyrinth – A Christmas Celebration

  1. What an incredible endeavour – a beautiful gift, as you say. And I love your analysis. Let me contribute: “Your will is free means: it was free when it wanted the desert, it is free since it can choose the path that leads to crossing the desert, it is free since it can choose the pace, but it is also unfree since you must go through the desert, unfree since every path in labyrinthine manner touches every foot of the desert’s surface.”
    ― Franz Kafka, Blue Octavo Notebooks

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    1. Thank you Liz for this amazing benediction to this post. How profound are these words – the juxtaposition of free and unfree. When we begin a journey, we embrace ambiguity and uncertainty of outcome. Nor do we understand that each step has a story to tell. I have looked up the “Blue Octavo Notebooks” by Fran’s Kafka and have added it to my “to read” list. You have the best book recommendations.

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  2. A recent simple scribble, that somewhat touches upon your labyrinth, and the walking of its maze…

    “ Journeying ”
    ~ toward life whole ~

    It has been told,
    A man’s journey
    Means to unfold,
    From rather hazy
    To a life whole,
    With limits
    Reaching bold,
    When fate mandates
    Man must have soul,
    To suffer restless roads
    And redeem his quondam hold,
    For an ever unpredictable journey
    We’ve to so effort toward life whole!

    © Jean-Jacques Fournier

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful post. The artist did a marvelous contribution. It is lovely and inspiring. It is true, the new years offers paths that we have to discover as we walk along the pathway. Thank you for your love and encouragement–so appreciated!

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    1. Isn’t it interesting that when we take one step and then another, the path clears as we move. As J.R.R. Tolkien said in LOTR: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


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