I have always loved the expression “there is joy in the journey”. Walking the Camino de Santiago was not always a joy-filled journey. We faced a number of very tiring long days that seemed to drag on forever. We were in very cramped quarters we lots of other very tired pilgrims and at times it was quite trying on our patience. The first two weeks of our walk were very hot days and some of the hot afternoons were really tough to maintain the “joy in the journey” attitude.
So where is that “joy in the journey” when you are going through such a long, long walk through Spain?
Terri and I found the joy in the wonderful people we met along the way and the beauty of this rural landscapes we walked through together. We found joy in being present and open to each other and to new experiences. As I have mentioned in past blogs, we were walking much slower than many of the pilgrims and we saw things that others walked right by. Maybe we walk by a lot of people and things in our lives that would give us joy because we are moving so fast in our lives.
I believe we experience our deepest joys in life by slowing down and recalling how we have loved and are being loved in return. When we are kind and generous and forgiving people, we will experience this “joy in the journey”. I think the opposite is also true too. When we are selfish, unkind, ungenerous, and are unable to forgive, our “joy in the journey” will escape us. We will find “no joy in the journey”.
It is not the easiest path to follow at times, to maintain a “joy in the journey” but we can make the choice. We did indeed experience much “joy in our Camino journey” and for this we are very thankful!
Camino Pano of the Week
The high mountain town of O’Cebreiro in the Galatian mountains was very windy and rainy when we got there. Coming down off the mountain the next day we had some great landscapes that made us think of Ireland.