Comfort : The Lotus-Eaters

Our comfort zone is our lotus tree.

We eat its sweet fruit and forget to move on to the next step of our journey.

And – it is the journey that matters, as Kavafis’ Ithaca reminds us.

But – if we can’t remember our Ithaca; our destination, but also our start, the arche:

Can we remember we haven’t always been here?

Can we remember to take the next step?

“Can you?” the Whisper asked; the silent rise.

Go get hurt again.

This time remember – don’t hide.


Grow new branches towards the sky.

In beautiful new patterns.



Become a new question ;

Lotus-Eater, in Greek mythology, one of a tribe encountered by the Greek hero Odysseus during his return from Troy, after a north wind had driven him and his men from Cape Malea (Homer, Odyssey, Book IX). The local inhabitants, whose distinctive practice is indicated by their name, invited Odysseus’ scouts to eat of the mysterious plant. Those who did so were overcome by a blissful forgetfulness.


What is your plant? We are all responsible for our own growth. Remember every individual is on their own path : you can forge it with compassion for the other, and your ‘self’.

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