The Meaning of Sojourning
Sojourn: (n) a temporary stay; (v) to stay as a temporary resident
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the theme of our blog as such. However, the word “Sojourning” means so much more than that to me. The thought of sojourning makes me want to learn, discover, admire, love life, live to the fullest. I view my entire time on earth as a sojourn. Everywhere I go, all the things I do, I want to do with this exploratory mindset as if I am just here for a short time.
I refuse to settle with permanently digging my roots deeper and deeper into the soil and sucking up the rays and resources within reach. The saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” doesn’t apply to me as dissatisfaction with my current state, but rather appreciating the different shades of grass everywhere I go. Okay, now I’ll climb out of my pit of metaphors; it smells funny in there.
I’m serious though. I want to constantly explore, sojourn, the world around me. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean that I won’t settle down physically with a family and a house somewhere, because that’s one of my goals in life. I just want to keep my heart and mind always seeking and never lose that childlike adventuring spirit. Every day, no matter how old I get, I will make “sojourning” my life word.
Sojourning give you freedom. There’s nothing quite like the feeling that the venture you are currently undertaking is just a step leading to your growth as a person. Sojourning is learning, discovering, admiring, loving life, living to the fullest, growing.
What is your sojourn at the moment? It could be reading a good book, teaching your kid to swim, skydiving, trekking a foreign land, or even writing up your own list of goals for life to kick off a whole new series of sojourning! Just remember to enjoy every bit of it and not let the stresses of this life get the best of you.
Live it up!