Sunday, May 29, 2011

For Kay and Craig

'climb' in the Auvergne region
on the first day out of Le-Puy-en-Velay

(This post is especially for Kay and Craig 
who are both about to start walking from Le-Puy-en-Velay in the coming week.)

"Watch your way then, as a cautious traveler
and don't be gazing at that mountain
or river in the distance
and saying, "How shall I ever get over them?"
but keep to the present little inch that is before you
and accomplish that
in the little moment that belongs to it.
The mountain and the river can only be passed
in the same way
and when you come to them
you will come to the light and strength
that belong to them."

Found on the sidebar of Mary Pott's blog 'Landing on my Feet'
in honour of her daughter who died of cancer aged 18  


  1. Dear Margaret,

    Thank you for your sweet email to introduce yourself and this lovely blog to me. I'm often amazed at the way we stumble upon one another in this crazy world of the internet! Your photographs are stunning and I can only imagine a journey such as yours through these beautiful places that invite appreciation and reflection. I will follow you now.

    I happened upon the above quote and it has proven to be an integral personal reference as I face the days without my beloved daughter, Erin, allowing me to focus on just the little steps before me. I'm glad you posted it here. I think it's sound advice for many, and hopefully your readers will think so as well.

    I love many of the quotes you've used - John O'Donohue and Mary Oliver specifically.
    Peace to you.

  2. Thanks for alll your inspiration Margaret ..this is perfect.for me today.Kay. in le Puy

  3. Hi Mary, Thanks for your generous reply. I could see the quote was very precious for you, so I am pleased you don't mind that I am using it.
    Kay, go well- I will be imagining where you are while I set up my classroom!

  4. Dear Margaret,

    I am Cris. I am and live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I walked the Camino from León to Santiago last year, and it has changed my life for ever. The Camino was indeed part of a process, as I guess it is for several us. Arriving to the kilometer "0" in Finisterre I thought it was the starting point for my life and it really was, but what really represented is this wish and will to live my life as a pilgrim.
    I never thought the "need" to walk the whole Camino would return so soon... a week ago, returning to Spain has come to my soul in a very special way, making me considered changing all my plans and leaving the "safety" surrounding me even in the difficult moment Argentina is living.

    I arrived to your blog a few nights ago; I passed by this post no doubt, but it seems I did not read the poem posted till now... when it makes all the sense in the world to me... when it gives more sense for learnings to look after during my pilgrimage.

    I would like your authorization to post it in mine (I post mostly in Spanish, but also some English and Portuguese).

    (I´m sorry for posting this request here in a comment, but I did not find an email to send this in private; please feel free to delete the comment!).

    Buen Camino!
    Cris M

    1. Hi Cris, I would be more than happy for you to post this in your blog- but at the bottom you will see that I have quoted it myself, and it was first used on Mary Pott's blog in honour of her daughter who died of cancer.
      I have just come home myself from a second Camino... I walked for seven weeks all together- four weeks in France and three weeks in Spain. I have only just got over jetlag, and returned to work this morning!