Ron from Virginia got that in his fortune cookie recently. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Yea, a good thought to start out the day. And our day here looks like snow and Rho. We have this cold streak with the white stuff to go along with it. And in addition our friend from the warm place is visiting, Rho from San Diego.
There has been so much good material come in from our amigos y amigas from all over. I have been richly benefiting from all that. I am continually searching for clarity with our situation. We know that we are holding a jewel but just what is it? While we converse Catherine longtime Caminohead just emailed in a comment which I can share:
Good Morning Felipe,
I really enjoyed reading Cris’ post (Our Bureau Chief from Buenos Aries) about what we have figured out here at Caminoheads. It was such a thoughtful and well articulated response: once a pilgrim, forever a pilgrim; fellow pilgrims are a treasure; we are all connected. I am not sure how to add anything more without being repetitive. However, in the spirit of on-going dialogue, I will give it a go. Think of it as another lap around the trail.
Ever since the Camino it is easier to see everyone I meet, and know as a pilgrim, each carrying their own particular load. This point of view makes it easier to extend grace to people and situations that once before might have annoyed, confused or frightened me.
On the Camino it seemed effortless to simply be in the present moment. Here, there are so many distractions, competing engagements, never-ending “to do” lists that pre-occupy my mind. Walking with you reminds me to let all the other stuff go and come fully present. Like the other day when it was so cold and windy and we found that the little corner of field bathed in sunlight and protected from the wind by the hawthorn hedge. That bit of winter warmth was so welcome. We stopped talking and just stood in wonder and grateful silence for what seemed a long time. And then we just started walking again. Be open to miracles, even the tiniest ones.
Finally, I am growing ever more aware of the impermanence of things: relationships, situations, material goods, health, vitality – nothing escapes its eventual passing, and creation is on-going. Like the changing of the seasons, good fortune can slip into ruin, and ruin can be dissolved by kindness and suddenly appear as good fortune once again. We all come and we all will go, this state of mind makes every minute more valued. On the Camino we walked with some for a minute, with others for the whole way. I was surprised how important even those momentary companions became to my journey. When we walk and tapas here, whether on your trail or through the virtual landscape of this blog, we are moved, changed by the conversations, the comments, the time together.
OK that’s my two cents worth. Many blessings Felipe, Cris and all caminoheads everywhere.
Yea, we are so rich! I have to go and make some things happen. Love, Felipe.