Our Shared Journey
I was thinking today about how in some ways, the experience I had at Boeing just before retiring, on the 787 Battery problem, was similar to our shared journey we have had on the Camino. The Camino is very hard and demanding and takes every ounce of energy you have for a very long time. It is also a shared journey as there are so many other pilgrims along the way that you bond with as you go through this most challenging, physical, emotional and spiritual journey.
Working the “787 Battery Problem” was the most demanding and difficult job that I had while working at Boeing. It took every ounce of energy I had and drained me and many of the other “Boeing Pilgrims” assigned to work this problem. What also occurred, like what has happened on the Camino journey, is the bonding that went on with all your fellow “787 Battery teammates”. You experienced something TOGETHER that would likely never happen again. We were all like brothers and sisters or like soldiers that came back from war. There was a special bonding.
Terri and I have had this bonding with many of the wonderful pilgrims we have shared this most challenging and difficult journey with. We have met so many pilgrims from all over the world and have gotten to be good friends with several.
In just 4 days (Tuesday next week) we will arrive at Santiago de Compostela. It will be the end of our long journey. We will see and celebrate with many of our friends we have met and bonded with and we are very excited about this coming opportunity. After the 787 Battery problem was solved, Boeing threw an amazing party for all of us. It was one of the best parties I ever attended. We all enjoyed it so much and relived all our most challenging and tough times. I suspect that when we get into Santiago (we are spending 3 nights there), we are going to have so much fun “partying with all our pilgrim friends”!!
John and Terri