I got to thinking...
We may consider taking big trips somewhere to complete a pilgrimage of grand scale. A special journey that we write about and that interests others and draws attention. We may go to a foreign country and walk the Great Wall of China or to Baja, Mexico and stroll for miles on empty beaches. We might dive under the ocean in the West Indies and see things we couldn't have imagined. We may climb the Grand Tetons. Or we may drive through the Thousand Islands Region to find ourselves again.
But what if...
what if every day that we live...each day that we are alive...
is so sacred, so special, so important and is like a mini-pilgrimage that plays out every 24 hours.
What if when we wake up in the morning, instead of feeling perplexed, cynical, angry, or sad, we say:
"Today I will take this pilgrimage with God and with my friends and family. I will see where this day leads. I will laugh. I may cry. I may learn something about you that helps me understand. I will walk, I will trek, I will invite joy, I will receive the good that comes my way. I will practice patience during challenges. I will focus, I will rest. Yes, today I will take this pilgrimage with God and with my friends and family."
With this view, we take up our walking sticks each brand new day with a sort of renewed excitement about the journey! We start out, and we don't worry or fret. We smile, and we simply follow the path that is shown to us for this moment only. Nothing more.
Each day is one complete and unique pilgrimage. Each day is a gift. Where will your journey take you today? What will you see? Who will you greet and receive into your heart? Our lives, dear ones, are so very, very precious.
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