El Camino: S. Juan de Ortega to Burgos

Today’s Trek: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos.

We left San Juan Ortega as per our normal routine with the exception that we were carrying damp clothes that just didn’t want to dry in our equally damp room. Once we started walking everything seemed to fall into place.

While our walk wasn’t necessarily longer than others, and in fact we only had one steep hill, we still felt very tired and sore.

I noticed as we walked that I was concentrating so hard on making sure that my feet didn’t land either toes or heels on a rock. The pain of either of those two positions happening would bring me to a complete halt.

So I focused. All I could see was my toes and my shadow.

So as I walked I thought about all the people I am doing this walk for. I thought of why I was asking for things to happen for them and then I thought, why am I not asking for something for me?

I just kept walking. And then I saw it.

It stopped me cold and I struggled to bend down holding trekking poles and feeling off balance because of my back pack, I grunted to take a picture of a tiny little crocus growing straight out of the least hospitable patch of ground you can imagine.

I wondered if that little flower asked to be there? Why would it just pop up like that?

Later, as we walked I found more of this tiny little blossoms… and I realized that they were there to remind me that there is beauty everywhere, even in pain.

See them? At the bottom of the picture?

My job isn’t to ask for something for myself. My job is to ask that the people I love be happy. My job is to make the world a little better for them.

So my sphere of influence is not very large. But I do know that God listens.

He listens so well that he puts tiny little crocus at our feet to make us feel a little better.

Maybe that’s the lesson for today. Make someone feel a little better in any way you can. That’s all.

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Siempre pa’ adelante!

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About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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