Robin on the Road in Trerice Cornwall, UK

Robin on the Road in Trerice Cornwall, UK
Robin on the Road in Trerice Cornwall, UK

Friday, July 20, 2012

Letting go of my agenda

Portmeirion, Wales
One of the most beautiful places I have had the privilege to visit.
I can plan all I want to but the reality is that at some point I have to let go of my agenda. If I cling too hard then I lose sight of my intention. 
The journey is the plan, at least for me. As Thomas Merton pointed out, 

“MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

I have another friend that is in her 70s and is getting ready to walk the Camino across Northern Spain. From her perspective having never done anything of the sort it's wild and woolly out there. It's the biggest adventure she can imagine. That's OK, she's never pushed herself out of her comfort zone or gotten out of a routine.
In my mind, it's a long walk down a well worn and marked country lane. The link is a more detailed look at the Tours route of the Via Frances. That's about as detailed as I may get. There is a guide book but it's in french. I'll figure it out.

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