Five clues that you’re already a pilgrim (even if you haven’t yet walked a trail)


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

at rest at St Cuthbert's cave

14 replies on “Five clues that you’re already a pilgrim (even if you haven’t yet walked a trail)”

… 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”.

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