The Wonderful Exhausting Pilgrimage of Life

I got off at the airport and picked up my rental car.
And then I started driving.
It had been four years since I had driven on the left side and I was surprised how quickly I got back into the rhythm. It was dark, but with a GPS and a sort of sense of direction I found my friends’ cottage I would be staying at for the next few days.

‘Pilgrims Rest’ said the sign on the door.
How appropriate.

Life so often seems like a pilgrimage, a journey we’ve been taken on whether we want it or not.
However, instead of a spiritual path to growth it so often feels like a race – finish this assignment, meet this deadline, work a little harder.
Instead of letting go we rather take on more, and the baggage on our backs becomes heavier and heavier. We feel laden with the burdens of sorrow, worry, and fear.
Our steps become slower and heavier.
We hesitate to move forward into an unknown future.
We merely stumble ahead, exhausted.

When this pilgrimage is too much it might be time to stop.
We all need a Pilgrims Rest now and then.

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Being with my friends for these few days, being spoiled from good food to super comfy beds to heart-to-heart talks made me wonder.
Wonder how we can help each other find a little rest on this pilgrimage of life.
Often it just takes a little bit of hospitality, a cup of coffee, a couch to crash on, an open ear to listen.
Often it just takes a simple “It’s okay to just be” to create an atmosphere where we allow our hearts to take a deep breath.
Where our souls can stop racing for a while until rest settles in.
Where we widen our perspectives and shift attitudes.
Where we regain strength to continue the journey.

I want my house and my life to be someone’s Pilgrims Rest with the little I have to give.
How can you provide some rest for a weary pilgrim in your life this week?

THANK YOU, Renée and Steve, for some restful days at your place – it was such a blessing!

Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

4 thoughts on “The Wonderful Exhausting Pilgrimage of Life”

  1. Beautiful! Yes sometimes we just need to find time for a pilgrims rest. Have a relaxing time with your friend. I’m in the #8 spot this week.

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