I wanted to wish everyone a Happy St James Fiesta and I hope you all have the spirit & love of the Camino in your heart this week.
Firstly, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who have joined and contributed to my POST CAMINO Support Group on Facebook.
The quality of discourse and discussion in the group has blown me away- I am stunned by the level of support, care and love that we are all showing to each other.
I have been contacted by a few different pilgrims who have said that the group is exactly what they need and for that I am very grateful.
I am more grateful for the opportunity to create this group and to help serve the pilgrim community, as that is what drives me when I get up in the morning.
I love that only certain types of pilgrims have joined and stayed in the group, as I am a big believer that what you put out to the universe is what you get back from it.
And I put out to the universe that I only wanted non judgemental pilgrims who weren’t interested in imposing their opinion about what is right or wrong on others.
I didn’t want people to feel afraid to open their mouths for fear of people ‘piling on’ and attacking them for having the audacity to have an opinion that deviated from the ideals of the ‘noisy minority’ of self proclaimed ‘Pilgrim Police.’
(I’m sure you know exactly the type I am talking about)
I now feel totally at ease when I open my inbox that I am not going to have some Pius stranger lecture me on my life choices and my attitudes towards the Camino.
I have this attitude in life with regards to where I hang out with and with whom.
‘Where and who you choose to spend your time says a lot about the quality conversations and beliefs you will have. Your beliefs determine your actions and your actions determine your outcomes.’
In a nutshell, if you want better outcomes then start at your beliefs and where you spend your time and with whom.
Here the really weird thing about what has happened to me since I started the group-
I thought I was helping others by starting the group but I realise I have actually helped myself first.
I have gained so much from starting this group, from the conversations I have had, the ones I have read and the manner in which we have all been there for each other.
I have seen so much kindness and giving in this group, which fills my heart with joy, because Im sure you will all agree, the world could do with more kindness and giving between us all.
I want to share with you a story that I discovered yesterday that really resonated with me.
‘Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work.
Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.
As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
What I gained from this story was if we all made the effort to help just one person from a kind act, then what would the world be like? How would t be better? How kinder and softer would it be?
What if that one person we made a difference to was ourselves?
Because all real and lasting change starts from within.
I hope you got something from this, use your time wisely pilgrims, its the most precious thing any of us have.
Take care & Buen Camino.