Friday, August 30, 2013

Ithaca by Cavafy

I like this statement by the poet Cavafy:
When you set out on the voyage to Ithaca, 
pray that your journey may be long, 
full of adventure, full of knowledge.

Solvitur Ambluando: It is solved by walking

Great article this morning in, by Arianna Huffington on the good that is generated by walking: Diogenes' of the 4th century (BCE) wrote "solvitur ambulando" or it is solved by walking.

Diogenes understood what we who do pilgrimage know full well: there is "medicine" in the art of walking.  Jefferson agreed.  Hemingway did it too. As does Wendell Berry, who said that we think pr process information at about the same rate by which we walk. Nietzsche thought that walking was necessary for resolving issues or coming up with great thoughts.

Buen camino!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One step

My brother-in-faith, Paul, reminded me of this simple yet difficult path:

One foot in front of the other.

A long journey.

Many unexpected experiences.

Inside and out.

Both on the walk and during rest times.

A teacher.

A pilgrim.

One day, one foot, one swing of the arm.



But with courage.