Life in the Arctic

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This is a piece of writing that I wrote in the summer of 2007 when I was on a cruise in Norway. We had just sailed through a beautiful fjord above the arctic circle and it gave me a profound and unique feeling. I just had to get my thoughts and feeling down on paper. Enjoy.

Submitted: May 11, 2008

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The Arctic circle is a strange place.  It feels like a different world than the world below.  The horizon looks like it runs for hundreds of miles.  The clouds are sharp and thin and at times, when you look into the distance, you can see dozens of layers of clouds at distinctly different proximities.  The sun is often blocked by a cloud of two, illuminating the entire area from behind and giving the clouds a majestic glow.  Under the glowing sky, the water lays like glass, smooth and silky, gently moving across the line of blinding light reflected from the suns magnificently bold rays.  Hills surround me in all directions.  This mountain range on the water, which the Norewegians call a fjord, has encapsulated the ship on all sides. There is a bubble around us that can neither be seen nor touched but only felt in the hearts of every soul on this vessel.  This place is not a part of the world that I have lived in, learned in, and loved in. It is a mystical and mysterious place that cannot easily be translated onto paper. If our ancestors had been right and the world were in fact flat, this is what the end of the map, directly before the cliff into nothingness, just might look and feel like.  If a person is experiencing a crisis of faith, this place, this feeling, is the medicine.  This spot, right here, right now, is God's place.


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