I am sitting in my open window in Santiago. At the end in some ways and still to begin in others. I look over a garden while listening to a small male choir sing opera for money. (these are Santiago’s street musicians) They are in a passageway so their music echoes off all of the buildings. (can you say the Cathedral of Santiago?)
Can you imagine just a few days ago I was broken and crying and now I cry for the beauty of it all. I took a step of faith and traveled all day by bus here to Santiago with the hope of finding my way to Sarria where I my walk could begin again. Why faith? Well I did not know if I could get back to Sarria (115km away) from Santiago.
In Burgos everyone I asked had no idea. I also had no idea where I would sleep when I arrived in Santiago. The bus arrived at 10pm – not close to anything. I thought – ok faith you got me this far will you take me all of the way to where I need to go? I walked up to the next taxi in line and asked him if he spoke English, he did. (this is the first taxi driver since I have been in Spain that has). I told him to take me to a hotel don´t care I just need to sleep. Pilgrim he asked? yes- well I have the perfect place, clean, cheap, honest host and real close to the cathedral. And so I am now here sitting in my window in the sun. Can you imagine… To continue on only with faith my Spanish Dancer (my anti-camino) had given me one of the best afternoons of my life. Thanks God! Tomorrow I will walk again renewed, refreshed and rejoicing. Really thanks God indeed..
The cathedral informs us all it´s 5pm…. If you close your eyes and open your ears I bet you can just hear it…..
Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.
Bonnie is Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years.
She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.
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