As we all know, the Camino is a metaphor for life. Walking the Camino Frances in September, I came up with the following twelve Camino rules that can also be applied to real life. Would anyone care to add, modify, or subtract? (I realize they're somewhat serious, so some humorous rules would also be welcome.)
- After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
- Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
- Judge not that ye be not judged.
- No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
- If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
- It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
- Suffering can be a source of strength.
- If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
- Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
- The journey is as important as the destination.
- Everyone must find their own camino.
- Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)