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Twelve Camino Rules for Life

Michael D

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September - October 2018
#1
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2019)
#4
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?
  1. In order to finish, you first have to begin.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Keep placing one step in front of the other.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering is a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking!
This is a great list. The only edit I suggest is for number 10. I‘d write, “The journey is more important than the destination.”
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#7
These three Buddha quotes seem most appropriate.

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."...
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ...
“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”
 

MKalcolm M

Solvitur ambulando - It is solved by walking
Camino(s) past & future
north route spring 2013
#8
You don’t need a guide, just follow the arrows.

If you need directions ask a German, want a drink then walk with a Scot, conversation; a North American, laughter; an Irish person, good food to share; Italians, different ways of looking at the world: Koreans. Combine any of the above for good companionship.

Never go to bed without your earplugs in reach.

Moderation in all things, particularly sobriety.

Keep going. Don’t worry about the small stuff.

You will always find a bed.

There is very little that carbohydrate, vino tinto and a laugh with fellow pilgrims won’t fix.

Enjoy the simple things.

Don’t hurry. Even Jesus asked for a little more time.

Never pat a burning dog, or Spanish guard dogs.
 

Bristle boy

Here,There and Everywhere..Nowhere in particular.
Camino(s) past & future
2019
#10
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? (Looking them over, I realize they're somewhat serious, so some humorous rules would also be welcome.)
  1. In order to finish, you first have to begin.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Keep placing one step in front of the other.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering is a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking!
I think I’ll print this one and pin it up! Very thoughtful and well put...in a metaphorical way!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances, Norte, Ingles, Primitivo, Aragones, Vasco, SanSalvador, Fisterre, Muxia - more than once
#11
One more:
If you think it is a steep "subida", just turn back and you'll see it's a "bachada", ;)
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
#13
This is a great list. The only edit I suggest is for number 10. I‘d write, “The journey is more important than the destination.”
I prefer his original, as it's more generally accurate -- there are a few pilgrims who seriously detest the walking, but for whom completion of it is vitally important.
 

Skuttaball

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
3rd May (2018) Camino Frances
#17
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? (Looking them over, I realize they're somewhat serious, so some humorous rules would also be welcome.)
  1. In order to finish, you first have to begin.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Keep placing one step in front of the other.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering is a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking!
I agree with every one of these points, especially 12, your Camino is from birth to death, it didn't end at Santiago or Finisterre.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017
#23
A few more:
1. Go fast, go heavy, go long, go home.
2. The camino delivers.
3. Wear sunscreen on your left side.
4. If you are suffering, refer to 1.
5. No should-a’s.
6. It is about the journey, not the destination. You will get there, but how you get there is up to you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues in September
#25
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. (From Kung fu Panda movie).

Stay present.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#26
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Nice one! :)
 

Michael D

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September - October 2018
#29
Twelve has become the de facto standard for rules for life. Some kind of magic number, I guess. Viz. 12 rules for life by Jordan Peterson.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sept (2018)
#36
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Good & thoughtful list- after coming back I sometimes have to remember the peace.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
#37
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Thank you Michael I copied this and posted on Facebook. I did give Michael D. credit.
 
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to leave South Africa on 15 September and return on 14 October 2018.
#38
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Sage advice!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015) Scotland GGW (2017) Primitivo
#39
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Age is not a number, it's an attitude..
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#43
This is a great list. The only edit I suggest is for number 10. I‘d write, “The journey is more important than the destination.”
My friend I now think the destination distracts from the journey. The destination is totally irrelevant. Even though I was very emotional when I got to Santiago this time. I realized quickly it was not because I finished, but what Santiago and especially the Cathedral represents to being. Another piece in the puzzle that are my Caminos.
 
Camino(s) past & future
El Ingles - Finisterre . 2017
#44
Thank for sharing. Remind me of Gerard Manley poem ~Pied Beauty,
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-fire-coal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
to mind ~ Pied Beauty.
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
#45
Yes..I’ve heard that saying “age is not a number, it’s an altitude”...mine’s getting higher 😂
Which reminds me of another Satchel Paige quote, this rhetorical question: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?" I'm 73, but if I lost my birth certificate and memory I'd probably say about 50.
 

Bristle boy

Here,There and Everywhere..Nowhere in particular.
Camino(s) past & future
2019
#46
Which reminds me of another Satchel Paige quote, this rhetorical question: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?" I'm 73, but if I lost my birth certificate and memory I'd probably say about 50.
It never matters...always look on the bright side..the candles on the birthday cake save on the heating bills!
 
Camino(s) past & future
French way 2016
Portugues Camino October 2018
#47
"Twenty two today" as Dad always said
I would like to share my Camino programming as to who I want to be as I enter Santiago and all the present moments that follow. How do you get to Symphony Hall..."Practice".
Matters not the years,enjoy the ride.
Now Please repeat silently after me.
"I am...
Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Kind, Compassionate, Considerate, Harmonious, Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise".
copywrite: October17-28, 2018 Portuguese Camino
Repeat for the next 150-500 miles
Find the rhythm, it got a great beat and you can dance to it.
Give it a try and feel free to embellish.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - Finisterre (2005) ; LePuy - Muxia (2007) ; Porto - SC. (2009) planning Lourdes- SC (2018)
#48
I concur. All applicable to post Camino life, definitely.
Re point 4- a variation to the ‘not hurry’ advice, I saw on the way and absolutely love:

- life is too short to hurry it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances St Jean -Santiago April -June 2017
Portugues September 2018
#52
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances St Jean -Santiago April -June 2017
Portugues September 2018
#53
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Keep AM and PM noise to a minimum in alberques ie: organise your backpack for the next day before you head off for dinner and if you must leave at 3 4 or 5am be as quiet s a mouse. I guess im saying think
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances St Jean -Santiago April -June 2017
Portugues September 2018
#55
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.)
  1. After taking your first step, keep placing one foot in front of the other.
  2. Lighten your load. It will make your journey easier.
  3. Judge not that ye be not judged.
  4. No need to hurry. We will all end up in the same place.
  5. If you lose your way, a stranger will help you find the right path.
  6. It’s good to have company, but there are times when it’s better to walk alone.
  7. Suffering can be a source of strength.
  8. If you look after your feet, your mind will take care of itself.
  9. Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
  10. The journey is as important as the destination.
  11. Everyone must find their own camino.
  12. Keep walking! (See rule number 1.)
Ooops Just to finish I guess I'm saying think of others not just yourself!
And don't press post reply before you're finished!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016
Kumano Kodo 2015
#58
Great post!
I was going to suggest that one more could be added saying that if the Camino gives you a problem then there is probably a lesson or a gift inside it somewhere.
But on second reading I think you may have touched it already with number 9
>>
Inspiration comes from a cloud-filled sky.
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