Everything is a learning experience, right? Even when you make a mistake, or experience a ‘failure’ you can learn and improve. I have heard the expression ‘fail forward.’ That itself is a good lesson.
When I was walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage with my daughter, I wrote a daily blog to keep the folks back home entertained and up to date with our progress. It was also my journal. I wasn’t always able to post daily, depending on wifi access, but I did a separate entry for each day. I described our journey of the day, where we ate, what we saw, where we stopped for the night. I even itemized our daily expenses. Sometimes there were humorous anecdotes.
But there was always a lesson in each day. Some of them apply specifically to the Camino, some to life in general, and some even apply to the Master Key Experience. Here are a few of those lessons, in no particular order:
- Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Also, take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery. We saw amazing scenes in Spain. But we also need to remember to be grateful for the blessings around us every day (Law of Giving and Receiving).
- I am not invincible after all. I learned this after a difficult day and leg pain that I believe was shin splints. I had been quite cocky that I didn’t get blisters, and could keep walking every day without a break. Remember, none of us are invincible, and no one can make it on their own. The Camino, like the Master Key Experience is full of Master Mind Alliances/ Camino families, and Camino Angels. Ask for help, it’s okay!
- Follow the arrows and stay on the path. If you get off the path and lose your way while walking the Camino, you may add many extra km to your day. Keep alert for the signs. In the Master Key Experience, you have shapes and colours to watch for, and signs from the Universe. Be sure to give Intuition a Royal Welcome, so she may visit more often!
- Being sick and not eating makes you weak. Be easy on yourself. This was after a stomach bug gave me a difficult couple of days. We sometimes tend to be hard on ourselves, maybe our own worst critic. Be sure to be kind to yourself. Hold yourself accountable, but be kind also!
- Persistence is key. When things get hard, keep going and you will arrive. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Persistence is key in all parts of life. Keep taking steps toward your goals, even if they are baby steps!
- When you reach your goal – celebrate! We certainly celebrated when we completed walking the Camino. And you should celebrate when you complete the Master Key Experience. But also remember to celebrate the small wins along the Way. The distance you cover each day, the progress you make.
So that’s my wisdom for today. Take it all with a grain of salt, a glass of vino tinto, or a mug of cerveza limon:)