The Rolling Stone
Nomads close to the heart. My travel buddies Berna and Maiti taking it all in on top of Osmena Peak, Cebu, Philippines.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” This old proverb brings to life a nomad who is always on the go in search for food and pasture. He doesn’t have a home, no property, no weekend hang-out. He moves from one place to another depending on the season.

When asked in an English class about this idiomatic expression, I thought about a person who is indecisive and irresponsible. I thought, a nomad must be too lazy to cultivate a land, too vulnerable to withstand seasons. A rolling stone is too weak to defy gravity. I became one then I saw the other side…

To move is to decide to move. To live is to be responsible of life. To dare leave the commonplace is for the courageous heart.
I’m about to roll. On top of Osmena Peak, Cebu, Philippines

Seeing places does not only satisfy the eyes but nourishes the soul. Every foot forward to an unknown land is a milestone of the mind. We do not gather moss but we take with us memories. We do not always notice the change but it is there inside of us.

As the stone rolls it is able to see the other part of the hill, its horizon widens, it can grow. As it rolls along rough edges, it takes another form, it can be more refined. As it rolls, it creates a trail, it can become a trailblazer.


Author: Ivy Rufin

Ivy Rufin is a wordsmith-in-progress. She believes that she is a continuing work of art and so are her works. An average Jane with an enormous appetite for life. Here, she hopes to share her thoughts in an attempt to practice the craft, express herself and communicate with other souls out there who pursue the same goals. For now, she struggles to write daily and more often than not, it’s not her it’s the coffee talking.

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