In the world of Spanish literature, the idea of this search for truth in midlife may have been novel in the XVIth Century, but Dante Alligheri had already boarded this existential theme in the opening lines of his Divine Comedy.
Dante uses the image of a dark forest (selva oscura), in which we find ourselves in the middle of the walking of our lives, and where the straight road sometimes seems blurred:
During these periods of the soul, when we feel that our prayers are not listened to, when we feel the frustration of years of hard work in our service to others, with little palpable results, where we feel that our mission is not appreciated, we feel as if our soul is lifeless, when in fact, we need to stop the car of our lives, step out for a moment, and take a careful look.
The search for our soul is a journey well worth your effort. It should not only be the main objective of our pilgrimage. It should be the quest of our lives.