Where The Streets Have No Name


On the streets we used to walk…Shadows rose and fall. Cast by the buildings – big and small.

The pavements were uneven. The edges were like thorns. So at times our walk..came to a crawl.

Behind the corners of each street, lies the mystery of Tomorrow. And so we walked…Sometimes…half in fear, half in faith.

Since this journey began, thousands of miles ago…Strangers would come and go. A few were like friends, others we don’t really know.

We became jaded or so we were told…by our guides from above. And they said “Dear ones..Tired you may be..But time must run its course. For on the streets, if you stop, you might get lost.”

And they continued..”If you ever feel resigned..Why not start looking at the signs?It may not tell you where you ‘should’ go..But it shows you where you ‘could’ go.”

“Even the traffic lights…tell you when to stop..wait or go. So you have more help than you know.”

And in an instant ..those words lifted our spirit. Even with our tired feet, we were not about to give in to defeat. There is a target we need to meet.

Sensing our renewed enthusiasm, our guides flooded us a reminder.. “Remember that the destination is not your target..Enjoying your walk IS! Did you miss the aroma coming from the sidewalk cafes? Or the lovely smiles of some of the strangers who passed you by? Perhaps even the cute puppy at the window of a pet shop?”

“Or were you complaining about the uneven streets that wore your soles? Perhaps grumbling about the inconvenience of opening your umbrella during a sudden downpour?”

“Dear ones… Remember, your walk is only as pleasant as you are able to perceive it. You decide what journey it is going to be. This is where the streets have no name.” Our faces looked puzzled trying to decipher the guides’ last sentence. And that’s when they added..

“Because it is for YOU to give it one.”

(Note: The above writing was inspired by the band U2’s song of the same title.)

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