Take this simple test. You know you’re a pilgrim when….
1. you find yourself washing our your shirt or underwear by hand even when you’re at home.
2. you think it would be cool to live a very full life out of a very small bag
3. it seems completely normal to you to carry blister bandages and pack water every time you step out the door
4. you’ve come to believe that for the most part, strangers are just friends you haven’t yet met
5. in your mind you dream of new landscapes to walk, and when you walk, you dream of new landscapes for your mind
14 replies on “Five clues that you’re already a pilgrim (even if you haven’t yet walked a trail)”
Sign me up!!
Your name’s on the top of the list!
… and if you *have* walked a pilgrimage, here’s the much shorter checklist:
A mere 36 hours or so after arriving at a journey’s end where you promised yourself you would never do this again, feet still raw and joints still reminding you that you are vulnerable flesh and blood, do you start devising the next excuse to break that promise … ?
I’ve been reading the Annals of Ulster for years spanning the early Middle Ages (as one does! hehe); there the expression for noting someone had gone on pilgrimage was to say s/he had “assumed the pilgrim’s staff.” This pilgrimage was often an open-ended journey with no fixed destination except one’s “place of resurrection”.
yes indeed, Sara…. I believe you are one of those who has assumed the pilgrim’s staff. Pilgrimage as vocatio.
Exactly. The pilgrims journey never ends… 🙂
right you are. Whether or not one is on an official trail….
I got all except number #1. Am I 80% a pilgrim?
okay, #1 might have been stretching it a bit! I’ll be checking out your blog as well, pilgrim….
I would like to try to live out of a very small bag!
I have no doubt that you could do it Wanda!
Maybe I will try when I go to see Dan in October!
Hey there! I’ve been reading youir web sife for a while now and finally got
the courage to goo ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!
Just wanted to say keep up the good job!
Thanks….um….dog food recalls (what does one shorten that to? dog food? or perhaps recalls?)
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