Posted by: wellness training services | August 1, 2012

Taking a step to a healthier future – LI

Taking a step to a healthier future – LIFE SKILLS

In this blog, I would like to share some life skills that have helped me on my journey of life.

Life Skill #1 – Acknowledge Your Parameters and Be Proactive: As in life, when you start a journey or any new venture, you have to start by assuming you’re going somewhere and that you are striving to achieve something along the way. Doing a pilgrimage is a great metaphor for life and with that in mind, I decided to do a big hike and took on the challenge of walking one of the most famous pilgrimages of all, the Camino. As in all journeys, the Camino, like life, is full of up hills, down hills, bumps on the road, stormy or good weather and lots of surprises along the way. How you face and handle these challenges is the key to a joyful life.

Before I started the big hike last year, I was scared. My husband, Bill, and I wondered what we got ourselves in for and at our age, why did we decide to put ourselves out like this in the first place. To ease our concerns, we decided to do the English Camino named the English Way because it starts at El Ferrol, where many of the boats of medieval English pilgrims landed and it was a shorter, but still difficult Camino. To make the effort less worrisome, we also decided to do the Centered-Base method which meant that we would return to the same hotel each day. The Centered-Base method was cheaper and more reassuring for us as we worried about how tired we would be at the end of the day, how far we could walk on any given day, and where we could find a place to bed down for the night. Like any of life’s challenges, we tried to handle the challenges by recognizing our limits and being pro-active. This is a good life skill to have and it worked for us in this challenge.

The scallop shell is a symbol for St. James and is used to mark the way. Along the Way, you follow these indicators as they guide you to the end of the journey at Santiago. The symbol looks like this:

Have you ever taken a pilgrimage? Did you start with a purpose in mind? What did you learn from this experience? We would love to hear more about your journey and your experiences on a big hike or a long pilgrimage.

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility. The good news is that once you are awake, you can never go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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