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A Long Day's Journey

 
  Waymerker for pilgrimage  
  posted October 23, 2010  
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After a long day’s journey through night and day, I arrived safe and sound in Glasgow, Scotland. What a joy! Although I was born and raised in Southern California, USA, there is always a feeling of coming home when I arrive in Scotland. That feeling surfaced on my first trip over 36 years ago. As I drove through the countryside with my new husband, I was awed by a landscape with such beauty and grace.

In an effort to power through jet lag, I set about some tasks that the modern pilgrim is obligated to complete. I took care of the basics; food, shelter and clothing. I checked into my bed and breakfast and dropped my luggage in the room. I stepped into the fast flowing river of humanity on what I call the Glasgow Promenade. I was quickly swept along with the teeming crowd. On the streets of Glasgow, I located the cell phone carrier O2 and topped up feeling a bit like an alien wanting to “phone home.” The local ATM quickly provided the local currency in abundance. There was an opportunity to hear the new Scottish sound from the street band, Clanadonia.

In ancient times, pilgrims had extended time and distance to help them adjust to the changes and challenges of pilgrimage. In modern times, we attempt to stem the adrenaline rush of the excitement of adventure with the familiar. There is even an Apple Store in the heart of Glasgow. And, you can phone home to those you love. May these simple tasks ground the journey.

Blessings, Susan

 

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