With some difficulty due to the primitive technology, a friend traveling in Myanmar recently sent this email message: “I thought of you when I took a first-class bus last week from Yangon to Mandalay. The bus company was JJ Express. When I arrived to board (not really a station), I saw that JJ stands for Joyous Journey, and painted on the side of the bus is their slogan or motto as follows: The Life … The Truth … The Way. If I had more band width, I would send the photo, too.”
In the simplest circumstances and the most mundane activities of life, humans are relentless meaning-makers. We are willing to inscribe a dusty bus in a crowded city with words that speak of our most intimate spiritual longing. We all wish for a life that moves like a joyous journey. We pray that this journey is not only filled with revelations of ultimate truth but is in accord with the “way” of our particular spiritual path, whatever it might be.
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