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Gratitude

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:

 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
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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wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
If all these services were free then I would indeed be grateful and not complain but when I pay hard earned money for them I would expect to be treated with respect and get the service I pay for. This saying is often used as a let off for bad service IMO.
What I am grateful for is the beauty of the Camino, the generosity and kindness of the people you meet and the sense of belonging.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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.
 
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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
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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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!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
When you start any Camino you want something to sooth your feet, a nice bed, and some good food at the end of the day, after enjoying the solitude.

Around the middle of any Camino you want your feet to stop hurting, any bed will do, and the standard pilgrim meal will do just fine, and you bid your new friends goodnight.

Towards the end of any Camino you thank your god(s) for the lack of blisters, you can sleep on a hard floor, the best meal you’ve ever had was the handful of just picked grapes that a local farmer gave you, and each goodbye is a shared email address and a hope that you will cross paths in the future, followed by the sadness of a separation from someone whom you’ve shared a part of your life with.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
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.

US Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away. This will be my meditation through then!

I'm grateful for you and your wisdom.
 
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
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.
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 . . .
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
A pilgrim is grateful . A tourist demands. . . My thoughts on the topic:

Wonderful Annie
I live each day with the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I felt at the Cruz de Ferro and again when I touched that metal mesh sign with the red letters spelling "Santiago de Compostela" when I arrived on the outskirts of the city. How blessed am I to have walked the Camino Frances after decades of hope. And yes, I continue to trip up and need to remind myself of this. Your words capture so much that I feel but never put into words. A gift. Gracias pilgrim
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
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 quit after having two sons...guess I should'a prayed for a third! 😊
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
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 . . .
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!!
Best wishes
Annette
 

Paul Corrin

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2017)
Santiago-Muxia-Fisterra (2017)
Porto-Santiago (2018)
Ferrol-Santiago (2019
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.
Well said! 🙏😊👍🏼
 
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
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!!
Best wishes
Annette
On man, me too!
I grew up on farms and around cows.
We call it 'Portagee perfume!" in my family.

When Joe and I drive from Oregon to the Central Valley, California, I roll down the windows to smell the cows and he wrinkles up his nose! LOL!

And there are so many HAPPY cows on the Camino - unlike the horrible feedlots where we torture cows here in the USA. Poor cows up to their knees in manure - stretching through hot fences to try to nibble green grass just out of their reach. It's awful. Makes me sad...a person shouldn't eat that meat or drink that milk, in my opinion. How can they not get diseased when the cows are so dis-eased. But that's my opinion...

I'm grateful for happy cows.
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
’Portagee’
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.
 
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
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.
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?
 

E V Waight

It's the journey, not the destination.
Camino(s) past & future
September (2017)
Possible September (2018)
Holy Year (2021) (all three Gladys, John and I)
A pilgrim is grateful . A tourist demands. . . My thoughts on the topic:

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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