Remember the holidays when you were a kid? If you were like me, the anticipation and excitement of things to come kept you awake at night — and then got you up early in the morning. The good smells of delicious food, decorations appropriate to the holiday, special traditions, and parties.
When I was in 5th grade, a friend called me out on my littering as we walked through the field from her house to mine. She taught me that litter was my responsibility. Especially my litter. My trash scattered on the landscape detracted from its beauty — for me and everyone else looking at it.
That’s just the way it is. You’ve heard that said. Maybe you’ve even said it. But, is it?
It’s a human trait, I have observed, to learn something once and stick with that knowledge. Sometimes we figure out on our own how things really are. Even when things change, even when what we learned may not have been accurate then. How many outdated or imagined ideas do you have in your collection of knowledge?
The Magic of Community is part of what has made the Camino so memorable — so impactful — for me.
I’ve walked the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Twice. The Camino has changed my life.
Some of the people in a mastermind I’m in asked for a summary of a meeting I recently attended — just a few highlights — for us to chat about the next time we meet. One of the questions asked by several people was around “Why”. Why slow or reverse aging? Why worry about it?
Searching for meaning is a concept that has only recently, like in the past decade, had any meaning or sense of import to me. It seemed to me that life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, not explored and evaluated. Reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking about life. I started searching for my meaning.
A common response to my announcement that I was walking the Camino de Santiago was that I could get hurt or robbed. These warnings were from people who knew nothing about the Camino culture or experience. At the time I puzzled over such first reactions. Now I smile and do my thing.
Do you approach challenges as something good, as a game, or as something to be avoided? Barny Stinson, a character in the TV series How I Met Your Mother loved challenges and was often heard saying “challenge accepted” as he took on some crazy challenge. That line always made me laugh. I seem to enjoy challenges, too.