Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this message finds you well wherever you are. I asked pilgrims what they are grateful for and received some beautiful statements of gratitude for the Camino. Below are some of the stories that were shared. Enjoy!
Thank you very much for the beautiful patches, I will stitch the 2019 patch on my backpack and the other one on an orange cap and that will be my inspiration and reminder that I will be going on a Camino someday. Wish you all the best”
Ann Marie Edmondson
Gratitude 2020…on the Camino of Life
There will be a moment when doubt creeps in.
There will be a moment when fear hovers.
There will be a moment when discouragement surfaces.
There will be a moment when perseverance is required.
There will be a moment when determination kicks in.
There will be a moment when resilience is embraced.
There will be a moment when friendships are born.
There will be a moment when camaraderie is relished.
There will be a moment when exhilaration bursts forth.
There will be a moment when confidence prevails.
There will be a moment when kindness is no longer unexpected.
There will be a moment of gratitude that embraces it all.
The Camino provides.
I am grateful for my heart because I feel it beating every day. I have the breath in my lungs to carry me through the day. My two legs can take me to places where I have never been. When I am in conversations with others it makes me think and come up with simple solutions on everyday issues. People from other countries can teach you so much about their ways and customs. Love is the most grateful trait for it unites everyone together and having the passion for dreams to come true.
Ana Mercadal- Macias
Ana Mercadal- Macias, M.S.
Western High School, English Teacher
Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
There are so many things that I am grateful for, especially as I reflect on my journey four years ago right at this time.
The Camino, which I dreamed of doing beginning in 1992, which I finally did in 2016 was a both a fulfillment and a preparation. I do not believe that I would be navigating life in the same way today if I had not walked all those steps, both with my feet and my heart. I met so many incredible humans along the way, and continue to be nurtured by their friendship. I received so many blessings of resilience and endurance, along with a more powerful ability to surrender when needed. And I’m grateful for knowing you online, for walking with my 2016 patch – and for meeting someone in 2020 who knows you and your family personally. Perhaps I’m most grateful for realizing the delicate, yet powerful web woven by the power of pilgrimage! It supports us all.
Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Writer, Speaker, Retreat Leader
Social Media Consultant for Clear Faith Publishing
PS – here is my pack, taken the day before I left on my 2016 Camino Frances complete with my Camino Provides patch. I will forever laugh that in my haste to sew the arrow patch I have on the side, I sewed it to the side that pointed backwards! Haha!
My Camino in 2019 was the first adventure in my retirement. I loved every minute on the Francés and Portuguese Caminos and I will cherish the memories and photos for years. Joining the Nor Cal Peregrinos is an unexpected surprise benefit.
I am most grateful to become a brother in the worldwide community of Camino Pilgrims. We share an experience that most of the people in the world cannot even imagine.
The adventures will continue too. Next year my brother and I will canoe from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. I hope to spend a year in Europe as a jump-off point for many visits over there. The Via Francigena might be in the future. There will be many adventures in the USA in my camper coming up. I will always be grateful that my Camino adventure was the beginning.
I am so grateful for the blessings of the Camino. I first walked in 2007 and have been back 5 times since. In 2016 I was able to walk with my daughter and 9-year-old grandson. What an adventure that was. The same year in Santiago I met Irene when I needed a friend, and we have stayed connected since. Since 2012 I have been leading twice weekly hikes with other pilgrims. The Camino spirit enriches my life wherever I go.
Thanks to everyone who shared their Camino gratitude stories! Others are welcome to write theirs in the comments below as well. Share the love!