Once a year I go out to dinner with a group of women friends. Some of these women I see regularly but some I rarely get to spend time with outside of our annual meal. Everyone leads busy lives, so it’s a chance for us to take a step back from all the busy-ness and reconnect. This year, the dinner took place over the week-end.
As I was getting caught up on everyone’s news, it struck me that all of us have been dealing with challenges. One woman just went through a marriage break-up. Another is dealing with what could be a serious health issue. Another woman, who couldn’t be with us, also has major health problems. And on it went…one after the other of us sharing not only the good things but the heartaches and difficulties in our lives.
I myself, for the most part, have lived a charmed life. But certainly I’ve had my challenges too. And when that happens, all I want to do is run away. But of course that’s not a realistic option. So I do the only thing I can think of…I just put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.
I suspect this must be one of the lessons learned by walking the Camino. No matter how tired or sore you are, all you can do is keep going. One step. Another step. Hundreds of thousands of steps. And somewhere along the way, when you think things can get no worse, they start to get better. And in the end, hopefully, something beautiful will come of it all.
So to anyone reading this who’s going through troubles, all I can say is keep the faith. Keep walking. One. Step. After. Another.