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It is still dark.

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
I’m sitting in my favourite chair looking at the garden through the glass doors. My first coffee for today is resting on the arm of my chair. It is still dark. Even the birds haven’t woken yet. It is perfectly still and quiet. I want to think about the Camino and I want to write about the Camino but I can’t. These are dark times. I have to be honest and brave enough to acknowledge that to myself. Our world is in such turmoil and it is filled with so much dreadful but wholly unnecessary suffering. Why do we have such poor and inept leaders in so many parts of the world? I sincerely wish that our troubles and the suffering of so many could be fixed with prayer. They can’t. Unfortunately I am an idealist. Like so many, I believe that everyone deserves a decent life. Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. And yet we seem to be getting further and further from that ideal by the day. Why? Why must it be this way? I cannot fix it. I doubt that we collectively can fix it................ The Camino is my escape from this awful truth. We are at the mercy of the whims and wants of stupid men, men and women who care nothing for the Camino or those of us who understand what it is.
God save us all! Amen.
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Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
At the risk of breaking lots of forum rules by engaging with a post that is both political and religious, I’ll just say a prayer doesn’t fix everything immediately, but ultimately it is the only answer (and I’m an idealist too)
 
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Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
This is a very dark and depressing time. It may not be possible to drag oneself out of darkness and depression. I think that this is one of the social consequences of the pandemic. I believe that many others are in physically precarious or mentally depressed situations at present. We may not be able to heal the whole world, but perhaps we can make this time better for some of those whom we care about. It helps me to reverse my depression and despair by doing something practical for someone whose situation weighs on me. If you have, or can find, a little spare cash, give what you can to a charity that assists persons whose situation seems desperate to you, or volunteer with a charity. In your immediate setting, think of others who may be depressed and telephone them. You may be able to offer support or assistance that you did not know was needed until you called. Doing this kind of thing may not make me feel better, but it helps me to feel useful, and the situation seems a little less desperate for some others. The sun will come up again, but it is a little slow to do so right now.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
@Lexicos, that's a beautifullg honest post. Thank you.

That knot in our stomachs is a spur to action, any action — internal or external. A call from our better selves to develop wisdom and compassion and to find a way to live in accord with our ideals.
To speak out against unfairness.
To connect with each other with kindness irrespective of our opinions.
To value truth and integrity and to simply be decent human beings, even if we're sad or angry or outraged.
To understand that we might not have the answers to difficult questions, or even how to do any of these things... but to try anyway.

This is the camino of life. It's not an easy walk.
Ultreia et suseia to us all.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
I’m sitting in my favourite chair looking at the garden through the glass doors. My first coffee for today is resting on the arm of my chair. It is still dark. Even the birds haven’t woken yet. It is perfectly still and quiet. I want to think about the Camino and I want to write about the Camino but I can’t. These are dark times. I have to be honest and brave enough to acknowledge that to myself, loud and clear. Our world is in such turmoil and it is filled with so much dreadful but wholly unnecessary suffering. Why do we have such poor and inept leaders in so many parts of the world? I sincerely wish that our troubles and the suffering of so many could be fixed with prayer. They can’t. Unfortunately I am an idealist. Like so many, I believe that everyone deserves a decent life. Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. And yet we seem to be getting further and further from that ideal by the day. Why? Why must it be this way? I cannot fix it. I doubt that we collectively can fix it................ The Camino is my escape from this awful truth. We are all at the mercy of the whims and wants of stupid men, men and women who care nothing for the Camino or those of us who understand what it is.
God save us all! Amen.
There seems no adequate response that would not break the rules on political and religious posts. I can only wonder at the distopian world portrayed here, and be glad that I don't live in it.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
We that have survived this hundred year pandemic so far have much to be thankful and grateful for, why dwell on the negative. This world has always been hell for some and heaven for others and I think it always will. If we can fly or drive across Europe or half way around the world to walk to Santiago we are so lucky and blessed, dwell on that rather than all that is wrong in the world.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I have. Though not today. Not in this post.
Which is not a bad thing. Because opening to what is wrong in the world is the precursor to figuring out what can be done to make it a better place. All the happy talk in the universe can't erase the truth of what life offers us, in those times that are difficult. And these are difficult times for all of us. Even, for some, dystopian.
Sometimes turning away is not an option.
But getting stuck in the pain of it all is not a useful option, either.
The trick is to feel what you feel without being taken captive by it. Let it be, and let it flow.
And then do what you can do.
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
Which is not a bad thing. Because opening to what is wrong in the world is the precursor to figuring out what can be done to make it a better place. All the happy talk in the universe can't erase the truth of what life offers us, in those times that are difficult. And these are difficult times for all of us. Even, for some, dystopian.
Sometimes turning away is not an option.
But getting stuck in the pain of it all is not a useful option, either.
The trick is to feel what you feel without being taken captive by it. Let it be, and let it flow.
And then do what you can do.
Great response. We don’t want to escape such feelings without listening to what they are telling us if possible. One needs to seek balance. Sit with your feelings and allow them to speak to you. How can they advise you cognitively to a course of action!? Blessings.
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Well, I guess we are into the old question of whether you think the glass is half-empty or half-full. I like to think it is half-full (and rising). That has nothing to do with sticking your head in the sand but has to do with personal attitude.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
When I start to think about how terrible current events are, and how difficult it is to live in this time, I stop and think how much worse my parents and grandparents had it living through the first half of the 20th century. They made it out of those difficult years and, through their efforts, we arrived at something better. Through our own efforts, we can make it out of this into something better.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
This is a very dark and depressing time. It may not be possible to drag oneself out of darkness and depression. I think that this is one of the social consequences of the pandemic. I believe that many others are in physically precarious or mentally depressed situations at present. We may not be able to heal the whole world, but perhaps we can make this time better for some of those whom we care about. It helps me to reverse my depression and despair by doing something practical for someone whose situation weighs on me. If you have, or can find, a little spare cash, give what you can to a charity that assists persons whose situation seems desperate to you, or volunteer with a charity. In your immediate setting, think of others who may be depressed and telephone them. You may be able to offer support or assistance that you did not know was needed until you called. Doing this kind of thing may not make me feel better, but it helps me to feel useful, and the situation seems a little less desperate for some others. The sun will come up again, but it is a little slow to do so right now.
Here in Antigua, Guatemala there are thousands an thousands in need. I help people every chance i get and donate to Pilgrim house and any other needy place i can. I also find many positive things coming out of this pandemic. one example is that in my gated community i only knew 3 neighbors. Now know almost all of them and we have bonded And have Zoom events. There is a rainbow in every cloud
 


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