Last week, a word on “Word of the Day” was cartography.
If you don’t know, cartography is the science or practice of drawing maps.
Hold that thought.
Then in one of my online communities, the topic was “Embracing my scars”.
I took about five minutes to write about it. Here is why they go together;
Our scars are like a road map. One laid out by a expert cartographer.
Our scars show us not only who we are, but where we came from.
The hills, the bumps, the ridges, the pleasant peaceful waters, as well as the water hazards. Straight and curvy roads. Smooth roads, and roads with ruts. All of these make our lives more valuable.
We see that we have come farther than we ever imagined we could, and like a new, snowy landscape, we have before us a place to make a new trail. Fresh new tracks.
What will your map look like? Will the cartographer use straight lines? Or will it be a more adventurous undertaking?
We need both the straight and adventurous to make our lives interesting, and inconceivably valuable.
Valuable in that we can show others that they are not alone in their wanderings. We can show them the way we took to reach where we are now, or, we can help others to find a whole new way of making it all make sense.
Either way, the beauty of that map, will be strictly owned by you.
As Mr. Rogers was fond of saying, “There is no one like you.”