I've thought about this for a long time. I've discussed it with pilgrims on the Camino. I talked about it with expat friends and colleagues where I worked in China and India and I reflected upon it when I relocated back 'home' to Halifax. It has followed me now for many years, 19 to be … Continue reading Home! It’s More Than Just a Place to ‘Hang your Hat’
If you are like me, a journey propels you forward. It's a motivating impetus, one step leads to another, and one day excites you to get up for the next. It's exhilarating! Do you ever feel like you can't get off? The feeling like it is a moving escalator, that once you step foot on … Continue reading Stop! Take Off the Blinders!
I made a promise to myself. On 'Day 1', I said that I would take this personal 'Camino' journey to the end of 36 days, the exact number of days it took me to complete the Camino Santiago de Compostela. The Camino journeys start strong and euphoric. As the days go by, the travel morphs … Continue reading Day 30, 5 Top Reasons Why a Goal is Important…if things are getting tough.
Acceptance of challenges is a 'way of life'. Well, yes, I do try to overcome things that are sometimes difficult, I try hard to find creative ways to deal with adversity, and yes, I also try to look at how to improve myself, whether it is physical, intellectual or spiritually. I guess if this is … Continue reading Day 23, Accepting the Good!
It was cold, very cold. The air was biting our cheeks, which we made sure was the only visible part of our body left open to the elements, as we left the warmth of the Albergue that morning. We had our headlamps on to cut through the night which still lingered on the dark, gravel … Continue reading Day 21, The ‘high point’ …The Iron Cross, The Soul of the Camino.
Pain. We all have felt it. Pain IS pain, it doesn't really matter if it last for 5 sec or 2 hours, it still hurts, it still is uncomfortable and we still wish it away...as fast as possible! Right? I don't like or want to feel pain. Nobody does, I am assuming. Is self-flagellation, which … Continue reading Day 19th & 20th. Pain…Life having fun with you…OUCH!
We all dream of having time to ourselves. We think about what we would do if we had "the time". We visualize our lives with "time" built in as a default, and what it must be like to live a life where we have more time. Is "time" another word for personal space? Time for … Continue reading Day 17 & 18… The Treasure Hunt for Personal Space.
Walking. I always resisted walking. It was too slow, it was not rigorous enough, it was boring! All that changed on the Camino. I have a new respect for walking now, one that has changed my attitude and life style. Initially, I was only going to walk 11 days on the Camino, but as luck … Continue reading Day 16, No Turning Back!
Running a marathon is all about the training and preparation before the event. I know. I ran 2 marathons. I was diligent about the training schedule, kept a healthy diet, got 7-8 hrs of sleep each night, ran the slow, easy long runs once a week along with a medium run, Fartlet/ interval runs and … Continue reading Day 15, Running a Marathon is easier than walking the Camino!
Being Canadian, makes you look at immigrants differently. We are all sons and daughters of immigrants here, who crossed seas and land to make a new home. Yes, this is also true for other countries, but first immigrants who landed on Canadian shores, sought out this country and either bought passage or entered overland. Even … Continue reading Day 14, The Journey with the World