While traveling on the bus I realized that I have never felt more like a tourist than I do here in Spain. I can´t speak the language and I have no idea what´s going on around me. It´s like living in a very loud bubble. Lots of sounds but no sense of knowing. I am the people we curse at home. Then it dawned on me, I am a tourist in my own life. The Camino has taught me that. Before I left home, I knew I had to come on this trip but not necessarily to walk 500km. Well how in the hell does one go on a walking pilgrimage and not walk? (sometimes I get on my own nerves)
So I set out for Spain – to whatever… I visited cities and I was scared to walk (or not) so I was not present for the cities. Then when I was walking I was scared of walking (what was over that hill?) so I was not present for the walking. So it´s truly like being a tourist in my own life. Going along with the crowd. Never quite sure why or when or even how we are going to get “there” (wherever that is). So it´s a walk without a walk (yes Gail the anti-Camino). So my new Camino (the anti-Camino) with 26 days left will be a few more days of walking (14 or 15) then to see what the other part of me was searching for… God.
So the Camino (and now my life not as a tourist) will consist of finding (then seeing) God outside – in all of the beauty that nature can and does provide and inside in every church that I can find.. Understanding that that the continuing the Camino and life is both an internal and external journey. My anti-Camino indeed.
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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