As we twist in transition, we also travel with companions. Sometimes, we don’t realize they’re tagging along – but we get to choose them if we’re selective. These days, we all travel with The Unknown. We don’t have a choice, we’re all on The Unknown ride. The Unknown forces you bear down on the Now.  Days and moments become more precious and important to daily living, as you focus on what’s in front of you.

It may sound like a good remedy for the chaotic wails of the modern world, but that’s only if you’re fearless.

Sometimes, the Unknown holds the hand of its cousin, Fear.  Fear has a way of keeping you awake at night and stopping you in your daily tracks. Fear demands you flee, hide or kick its butt. I don’t know about you, but I’m not as bad-ass as I’d like to believe. I’m reminded of this when Fear tags along. I’d like to add, “uninvited,” but we all know that’s untrue.

Faith is The Unknown’s other cousin. She comes from the good side of the family. Faith dances ahead of The Unknown, laughing and beckoning; assuring us all will be well. She’s enticing, alluring, delicate and beautiful. On a glass half-full day, Faith is a tall drink of water. (Click to Tweet). 

The Now does not change. It is always, Now.  Now is its own, unpredictable master. During times of transition the Now may mock us, torment us or surprise us with a blessing.  Transition offers very little sense of control over one’s destiny, unless we actively choose our traveling partners. 

Today, on my path, I choose to travel the Unknown with Faith. I prefer her to the option of being stuck in the Now and trembling with Fear. Together, we’ll invite light, goodness and hope into this day. And, the good news is, she’ll be there for me whenever I need her.

Be Well Friends!








Michelle Andres is a writer of hope, a painter of joy and a peddler of fairy dust. She is also an advocate of the underdog, a fan of the long-shot and a fierce ally of personal accountability. See her artwork here and  follow her on Facebook and Instagram.