The path, the way, the road, the tao, el camino: the course of the traveler has many names. Each evokes a sense of possibility, anticipation and wonder. What lies ahead? What is the destination? What will one find along the way?
Robert Kovari writes about the Spanish pilgrimage road known as the Way of St. James in his Kaizen Blog. My Hungarian is extremely limited and my understanding of his article relies on my friend and volunteer multi-lingual translator friend G. O. Ogle, PhD. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
What I understood is that it is not the destination that is important but the road that leads to the destination. The decision to take the first step, what we see along the way and what we learn about ourselves as we go down the path are the most important. The hope of arriving at the destination may be the initial motivation, but on the best pilgrimage roads the journey itself sustains us.
The early 20th century Chinese writer Lu Xun left us with some words that have always stayed with me:
“Hope is like a path in the countryside: originally there was no path – – yet, as people are walking all the time in the same spot, a way appears.”
We should walk on and marvel at the fact that the path is there at all. Safe journeys to you.