“THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION!”
As most of you know my life has drastically changed in the past few years. I am happier than I have ever been! It is really not all about “ME.” It is about the lessons I learned from others in Mexico and now Thailand. My goal is to “PASS IT ON” as they did to me, such as the six-year-old from the orphanage who taught me the true meaning of “COMPASSION.” Read my compassion story here.
My amigo Santiago from Cancun told me “Jim, your life will get better…I promise.” I said, “I cannot see how things can improve any more than what I now have.” I was wrong!… they did and are!
My experience in Thailand has been unbelievable. However, there is more to come. The Camino walk will I hope to add to my always changing life experience. The excitement for my trip is growing every day. The planning is part of the fun of this.
I have two engineers (well that is what I call them) helping me with my backpack. My brother Bob and my friend Leo, are designing me a backpack with wheels. With all my research, there is no such thing in the world! They have plenty of suitcases and small backpacks with wheels but nothing big enough to carry all my belongings. So they are carefully designing me something lightweight and still strong satisfactorily to make the 484-miles. Who knows this may turn into the next world’s greatest invention? Move over Mr. Edison!
At the moment, I have the group that has been following me for the past three years started with five people and have at present grown to over 1,000. After my weekly blog last week I received several emails from people who want nothing to do with me, they disowned me! So I had to delete them. Oh, rejection; years ago that would keep me awake at night. Now it annoys me a little but for only a minute or two, then it’s gone. One lesson I learned in the past few years. Everyone has the right to be incorrect with the possibility; I am wrong and their right, so simple but does keep my stress level very low.
However, the people who don’t want anything to do with me, I think are not because I am taking the walk, but because I am doing it with “NO MONEY.” They see this as pure insanity and as one email I got from a lady who said, “She could no longer put herself through the pain of watching me suffer.”
Hey guys,” I will be just fine,” no need to worry! Sure there may be days that I may be hungry, but I will make it to the end. People have taken this pilgrimage thousands of years ago with no food, and they made it. Remember the big question, here is “Do I have the humility to ask another for food?” The larger lesson will follow! Love you all (even the ones who disagree with me) Jim.