Yeah, I noticed that….

The old preacher stood in front of the assembly, extolling the virtues of a more simple way of life. He asked, “Have you ever noticed that there is never a U-Haul trailer hooked behind a hearse?”

Yeah, I noticed that…Image

At this point in our preparations, the Camino has become the complete metaphor for life. At times, I’m not sure why I am doing it. At times, my legs seem to be sending a message to my brain: “Are you nuts?  Why not go to Costa del Sol and sit on the beach?”

But a profound awakening at this point has been setting aside what I will carry on the pilgrimage. I cleaned out one drawer of my 5-drawer chest so that I could put all my Camino clothing and supplies in that drawer.  When I finished, it was less than half full.  So, all the clothing, first aid and toiletries I need for a 38-day trek fit easily into one dresser drawer?

Standing back, I looked at what else I wouldn’t be taking other than what was in the one drawer: four other drawers filled with clothing; a seven-foot wide closet with enough clothing for several other men.  I have been through that closet three times since I retired 14 months ago. I gave away and donated suits, sweaters, dress shoes, pants. ties and shirts. I filled bag after bag of things I wouldn’t need anymore. And still, there is more and more.  I’m reminded of the saying that we can never get enough of what won’t make us happy.

A few weeks ago I read the comment that if we pack too much with us, there won’t be room to pick up new experiences. In this manner the Camino presents this metaphorical message: The first half of our spiritual life is about addition; but the second half is about subtraction.  I’m learning more and more that I actually need less and less.

About bstrangetx

Born and raised in Ely, Nevada. Attended Gonzaga University ('66).Particpated in Gonzaga-in-Florence (64-65 AY). Served in US Army; retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Former adjunct instructor @ University of the Incarnate Word (16 years). Worked for San Antonio Water System and Maritz, Inc. Past pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Apr/May 2013) Currently seeking objectivity and non-dual thinking.
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3 Responses to Yeah, I noticed that….

  1. Dana says:

    A haiku to the simple pleasures in life:
    Sitting with the guys-
    Beer and wings and bleu cheese dip-
    Sports on the boob tube.

  2. Mike Boeding says:

    Some how I missed all your coming and goings…I need to read the back dated entries which I refuse to do at the moment…your thoughts regarding more and more v less and less I find to be so true. I have more “stuff” that I held on to thinking that I would use it all someday…Someday is here and you can guess the rest. Still doing a few things with a couple of Dealers…keeps me off the street and out of trouble. God’s speed. P.S.: Don’t think that I knew you were “Jebbie” educated…me too (secondary)…somehow that influence has stuck around…

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