Finishing What One Starts

What do I take out of all this? Like nearly everything in life that is worth doing, as the old cliché goes, all of these things take effort. It's never merely a matter of "Now Antinous is in my life, and I'm saved," or Zeus or Dionysos or Anat or Neith or Hanuman or Goibniu or Freya or anyone else. All of these sorts of meetings open a door, turn a key, crest a hill; but, on the other side of the door may be an entire library of new things to discover, a house full of rooms unlocked, an entire new landscape to explore. No matter how wonderful that road of discovery is, it all takes work, energy, effort, and the desire to take a further step, open another book (and take notes on it!), pay attention to each new sight and sound . . .

If Disciplina is teaching me anything this month, I think it's that the perseverance with which she's associated is not just a matter of getting through the hard times, it's a matter of getting through the new challenges of life on a daily basis, when not everything seems new and shiny, and even if there isn't a clear goal ahead, the process to get there is still the same: one foot placed in front of the other.

12/2/2022 9:01:58 PM
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    About P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
    P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender and a founding member of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist religious group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and other related gods and divine figures). E is a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and a Celtic Reconstructionist pagan in the filidecht and gentlidecht traditions. Follow Lupus' work on the Aedicula Antinoi blog.