Mid March has a bit of an edge to it with Shakespeare’s famous quote warning Julius Caesar of impending doom. It’s message reminds us of his actual death in 44 B.C. and the circumstances of betrayal and politics that led to his demise. That was approximately 2,058 years ago and the world is still cautioning us to beware. Coming across an online article, the message spelled out other disasters of the March Ides, including the demise of the Ed Sullivan Show in 1971… oh dear!
It brings to mind a question of fear and the labyrinth. Fear is quite present in society in a variety of shapes and sizes and when you look at the global picture, to feel safe is a hope for many. The idea of fear is largely of the unknown. We make wrong what we don’t understand and when we can shine a light on that, we seem to take away a lot of fearful supposition.
The question of how it relates to the labyrinth can be of the things we walk to shine the light on or of the things we can’t shine the light on so easily. The labyrinth can give comfort in our own abilities at a time when we can’t see them. It can unravel the fear step by step and let us examine and appreciate a different path’s perspective. Of the larger things in life that create fear, we can also use the labyrinth in prayerful purpose to bring ease and flow to a situation that seems locked down and unsure.
Those who walk regularly know of the benefits that the labyrinth can unwind. Sadly those naive may have different ideas. The simple act of sharing the benefits can invite a skeptic to explore and be a great introduction to where they are found and how they are used purposefully and practically. It is a reminder that fear can be a great way to introduce a solution. On this day of Ides, may you allow a walk with caution to open the doors and opportunities to care and share a little to make a lot of difference somewhere.