Lessons on pilgrimage
our lives are a pilgrimage in the sense that each day we are in new terrain experiencing new challenges and opportunities, in the moment everything is new and our lives are just a long series of new moments culminating in a lifetime. This writing is more like a mussing over aspects of my own pilgrimage and thoughts I would like to pass along..
– We start off faster then we finish
adrenaline, enthusiasm, dreams unrealized, prior to set backs etc. Be cautious of starting out to fast, pace yourself. Something’s just take time and can’t be hurried.
– We notice more beauty later in the journey
when we are moving fast we miss a lot that was meant for us to see, when we slow down, we take notice and see the beauty of life that was right there in front of us all the time.
– We accept pain as a part of walking forward
walk long enough and climb a few hills along the way and you will begin to hurt, pains that you never felt before will become part of your life. In order to continue we have little choice but to accept pain as a part of our lives.
– We will have plenty along the way to support us
yes there will be pain, but also many comforts, beautiful surroundings,people at the right place at the right time, needs met in ways we never saw coming, we make it through because there is help along the way.
– We are not alone on the path
there will be times in isolation but also many days walking where someone or many someones are walking beside us, becoming friends and fellow travelers, we keep each other company and try to help each other avoid loneliness.
– We are all at a different place on our own pilgrimage
though there will be many others along the path, all will be in a different place then each other, we all have our own lives to live and purposes to fulfill and so our walks are all distinctive and incredibly unique.
– We will find places to rest when we are weary
there will be times when our weariness will be met by a green pasture or still water, an opportunity to rest, we must respond to such times and not try to work our way through them, if we do we will not have strength for what is to come.
– We have no where to go but forward
a common experience on many a pilgrimage is the striking moment when we become afraid because of how far away we become from what was familiar and safe, this can cause us to want to turn back in a hurry but we cannot, the past is now an illusion , it’s not really there and there is nothing to go back to.
– We will come across unexpected detours
many days we will have a certain plan but then suddenly the road is blocked or we get detoured through a totally different path, in such times it is easy to get discouraged because we don’t know exactly how to get back and we know we are losing valuable time.
– We will learn much wisdom if we stay open to lessons
everything that is happening along your pilgrimage is meant to teach us something about ourselves about life , about god, about others.. Staying open is the result of living in the moment that is right now, do not give into fear, fear closes us up to lessons of truth.
– We will get to the end of our path at an appointed time.
One day the pilgrimage will end, that moment is not determined by us but god himself so we must live each day knowing that we have more to see and to learn and to experience, because one day the pilgrimage will end ..