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Guest post by Landon Saunders


In Tennyson’s poem, “Ulysses” he says, “And yet all experience is an arch, where through gleams that untraveled world which forever moves when I move.”  The beginning of a new year is, in many ways, a call to an “untraveled world,” a call to a new adventure

As a little boy in the hills of West Virginia, we had a “near barn” and a “far barn.”  The near barn was maybe 100 yards from the house.  The far barn was over the hill and down the valley and on that distant hill.

As a little kid, I can remember the lure of the far barn, the magic. You didn’t know what might lurk there, and the first time that you go alone to the far barn, you’re nervous but excited. That first time or two you might not make it.  You might only make it over the hill before you turn back, but, the next time you try, you make it to the valley…until, one day, you make it to that far barn and finally open that door. It’s exciting for a kid. It’s the appeal of the unknown, the exhilaration of discovery.

All the unknowns of what lies ahead in this next year may make us apprehensive and nervous.  That is understandable. We do not know what this “untraveled world” before us will bring, but I hope that we will still set out with an adventurous spirit, ready to experience the exhilaration of discovery.