One important characteristic needed to walk the Camino de Santiago is patience. It is a long, long walk and there is nothing quick or easy about it. You undergo a test of you patience throughout the walk. It is one step after another in an what seems at times to be too much to take. Yet, I find it so interesting that it is in my patient waiting and endurance I learn so much about myself.
I am not someone that likes this patient waiting as I often like to just skip ahead and skim over things to get to the end. That is why I love thinking and meditating on this most profound quote I read from Teilhard de Chardin. It causes me to pause and re-think about the value and purpose of patient waiting.
“We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually – let the grow, let the shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.”
The Camino was an important part of my life as it provided such an excellent time to work on this area of my life. Yet, as my blog states “We are all pilgrims” and everyday I find more and more opportunities to be patient and to let things mature and grow gradually without my impatient demanding ways trying to force things.
It is ok, to be on the way, waiting patiently to see what will unfold. I pray that we all learn to accept within ourselves
“The anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.” (Teilhard de Chardin)
Blessings and grace be with you,
Photograph of the Month
I love symmetry in nature. I saw the three crows in the top of the tree and figured it might be something cool to work with later in the creative post processing stage.