I just figured it out….my 484-mile walk isn’t about “THE WALK!”
I recently got an email from an old friend and she said “I have knowing you a long time and you always lived “ON THE EDGE!” Well that really got me thinking…she was so right! Is that good or bad?
The past year living in Thailand has been the “BEST” year in my entire life! WHY…because I have learned the true meaning of “WHY WE ARE HERE”. So simple, “TO BE HAPPY” if were not, we must change….something!
My first six months was spent teaching the kids in an orphanage all about my life experiences, which I did. My goal was to change these children’s lives, my lesson…. I do not have the power to do that! What I can do, is be an example for them to choose to change.
Yes, I became the student and the kids were my teacher. My greatest life lesson was from a six-year-old who taught me the true meaning of compassion. Only then did I make a decision to change, he did not change me but was my example for me to choose to change. I am surrounded by this beautiful Buddhist culture which gives me all kind of opportunity to improve my life on a daily basis. Only…. “IF” I choose!
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MY 484-MILE WALK?….EVERYTHING!
Back to the journey vs. destination thing, destination means HOPE to me. The journey is the NOW, living in the moment. This became clear to me a few days ago when my friend Jim and I took a motorbike ride to see a waterfall. After we parked our bike, we had a 45 minute walk to see this beautiful site. I then realized the destination was the waterfall (HOPE) but the journey was the thrill (the moment), where we walked from was not important, (the past) but the lessons and memories were.
So my lesson for the day was to visit the past and not live there, however the most important part was “what did I learn” from my past experiences? God knows my past was filled with pain and chaos for me and the ones I loved. I chose my addiction of drugs and alcohol over everything that was important in my life. That was then this is now! Living in yesterday’s, pain and shame, only caused depression and living in the future brought on anxiety.
Oh, I am getting way to serious here, it’s all about having fun with this “LIFE THING.” To laugh and enjoy the moment is what my life is all about now!
SO MY WALK IS NO LONGER ABOUT THE 484-MILE WALK
HOWEVER, IT IS ABOUT EACH STEP I TAKE!
I will start my 484-mile stroll in St Jean, France and end in Campostela, Spain, first step, June 1st. As I take my final step, I will be in the moment and still on my journey, which I hope will never end!
Living on the edge…absolutely! Risk and fear come with that. The fear of me finishing the walk, I do not have. However, walking with no money wondering where my next meal will come from, I do! Hay, St James (which this walk is named after) did it with no money and he made it to the end. He is buried at the end of the walk, Santiago de Compostela, (not because he died then), he is the Patron Saint of Spain.
I will be taking along the ashes of my father and my best friend Margie, my sister-in–law. I will sprinkle them along the way. So…. I will never be alone!
In my resent visit to the US, I was asked many times, what I have learned in my past year in Thailand. In one sentence, I would say “If you help another person in need and expect nothing in return, rewards will come to you when you never expect them!”
Thank you, guys for pitching in on my one cent a mile campaign, which will…. save a life of child in Kenya…. “OUR HOME KENYA,” your donation of $4.84 will make a difference!
LOVE AND STUFF…Jim
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