- Camino(s) past & future
- CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
A pilgrim is grateful . A tourist demands. . . My thoughts on the topic:
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I love this quote. I've always said, I prayed for patience and got a son. Then I prayed HARDER for patience and got another. After the third son, I quit praying for patience and began learning it. lol!I SO agree Annie.
The other problem I find around me and on Camino, apart from the lack of a constant gratitude for the miracle of it all and our just, well, being here .... is this modern desire for instant gratification ... with that mindset there is no awareness of process, of time, of becoming through process ..... 'want it now' 'want it like this' etc.
This from a film (Morgan Freeman as God) - but it is so true ....
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Thanks Priscilla.This is so wonderful, Annie. I think I do pretty well in going with the flow, but I still have miles to go to get into gratitude this deep and wide.
I'm grateful for you and your wisdom.
I quit after having two sons...guess I should'a prayed for a third!I love this quote. I've always said, I prayed for patience and got a son. Then I prayed HARDER for patience and got another. After the third son, I quit praying for patience and began learning it. lol!
Very nicely put!
Hi Annie,Thanks Priscilla.
Oh... I struggle and really WORK at some of these.
They don't just come naturally. lol!
My natural state is to say what comes to my mind without boundaries and worry about the consequences later. I also talk waving my Portuguese hands in the air, which a lot of people translate as me being upset, when I'm just being normal . But I'm a work in progress, and I do try . . .
Well said!There is so very much to be grateful for...
On every camino there are stretches which seem to be in another world. Past are the hoards of camera-clicking tourists and/or pilgrims as well as any urbane atmosphere with a bar at every corner. All is reduced to simple basics when alone on a seemingly endless gravel path beneath the vast dome of an immense sky. The only sound is the companionable crunch of your boots and perhaps distant birdsong.
Happily while tramping along and alone I often sensed that special moment when everything 'clicks' realizing that this is, indeed, the way and that all is and will be good. ...Perhaps such secular transcendence felt while walking might be akin to what runners call 'the zone'. Your body can handle the task while your spirit glows with the effort. Neither easy, nor impossible; all simply is. ...Thus, thankful to be alive and able to move, gratefully you continue. Ultreia.
On man, me too!Hi Annie,
Many of us struggle with a lot of these
However....as you so nicely put it........I am grateful for the smell of the cow shit.......reminds me of the home of my youth...
Like perfume to my nostrils ..I just breathe in the smell...love it!!
Nice to see the use of this term. I always wondered if it was a made up, not very legitimate word peculiar to my home island, and used to refer to Portuguese people.’Portagee’
LOL! Well, it's ok for ME to say the word because I am Portuguese, but don't suggest you call anyone else that. :: What is your home island?Nice to see the use of this term. I always wondered if it was a made up, not very legitimate word peculiar to my home island, and used to refer to Portuguese people.
We also have a mandarin type fruit called a portigal ... which still has me befuddled.
What a wonderful and well put together poem about our experience on the Camino de Santiago. Gratitude, a long forgotten virtue in what has become a "modern" fast paced "age of entitlement" where some people no longer want to earn their day's keep the "old fashioned way". Oh, what a breath of fresh air. Thanks Anniesantiago, for this wonderful piece of art and a reminder of what life should really be like.
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