Woman who had walked from Brittany, relaxing in Ostabat,
"I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world."
(Tao Te Ching, Chapter 67)
This French woman who I met in Ostabat was persevering despite great pain in her feet.
I never saw her again after SJPP where I took an extra rest day. I hope she made it to Santiago, either on this walk or at a later time. She had walked pretty much alone until Bordeaux when she had met a pair of women walking, one of whom was seriously sight-impaired.
The three walked together, helping each other. They were an inspiration.