Wednesday, October 31, 2007


It's been literally years that I have been contemplating the idea of creating some kind of an outlet to share with people some of my most meaningful experiences - the ones that I have to write about. The ones that remind me of the beautiful Greek poem about Ithaca.

I find it important to set goals - Long range goals, but also a few short range goals. After all we all need some "encouragement"... and it feels great to achieve a goal you set for yourself.

I know, it's only been thirty six years that I have been on my journey to find the treasure of Ithaca, but one thing I have experienced again and again is that the journey itself is one treasure after another.

And so I invite you to join me and share with me your thoughts, hoping that together we will be on a journey of discovery, and as my great teacher (Leon Fleisher) used to say a journey of "everlasting increase of awareness".


Alon Goldstein

Ithaca (1911)

by Konstantinos Kavafis (1863-1933)

When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygoniansand
the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.

Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!
Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.

Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.

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