It’s wonderful reading as Anne gets ready to leave on her Camino, and Arlene is already on her way. I get so much pleasure from reading all your hopes and dreams -and disappointments, too; all the things that make us human.
And we’re so lucky – think of our little group here, everyone has either walked the Camino and returned, or is preparing to walk in the future. I think either way, one of the things we all have in common is how much time each day, our own plans, the blog and talking with “Camino people” outside the blog, takes up in our thoughts.
Its a pleasant way to live, although I imagine not always so pleasant for spouses and friends left behind. I think they must often look on us in bemusement, wondering how on earth this walk has taken such hold on us!
So I was a little surprised when today an email from a very dear friend of mine had me preoccupied all day with something that had nothing to do with the Camino. It’s good in a way, to realise my brain is still capable of pondering things other than what’s the best way to weigh my underwear.
It was a sweet and simple question. “What has made you smile today?” I had to think quite a while. I hate to say it, but there’s been so much on my mind lately with one thing or another, I wasn’t sure exactly when the last time I had smiled, was. I think the answer to a question like this can be very revealing of our priorities and state of mind.
This is what I came up with: The weather here has been unbearably hot and humid. Its my least favourite kind of weather, making me feel drained, achy and tired.
This morning I woke up to a delicious cold front.The evening had been in the 30c’s. This morning it was 4c. And my first smile today was : sleeves. I love the way sleeves feel so comforting and cosy the first time you put them back on in the fall. Its a wooly, fleecy little hug, and it makes me smile.
I made myself a cup of tea, and my old, black sweetheart of a tomcat jumped into my lap and started to purr. He was friendly and warm and his fur smelled so sweet in the sun that streamed through the window. The tea was delicious and he was blissed out -and that made me smile, too.
So I guess that clears up any ideas you may have had about me spending the morning deep in spiritual thought. At heart, I’m just a little girl in a fuzzy sweater, sitting in the sun with my favourite cat. But that’s ok. I’m glad I still remember how to be uncomplicated!
Well – what has made YOU smile today?