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It's good to be back. It's hard to be back.

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It's good to be back. It's hard to be back.

Christa Hesselink

I've been following my shadow for 3 weeks now.  

Quite literally, everyday for almost 400km, I've been waking up in the dark, striking out into the  mysterious Spanish country-side, and walking westward - the sun rising behind me.

And metaphorically too - one can't walk 16 days on their own and not think about the light and dark of life! 

 

This is my second time walking on the Camino de Santiago - it's been such a great way to spend my summer vacation. There's so much that I'd love to share about my time on the road - the Way of St. James (and I trust there will be!).

But, today is a day of living in the transition - the tension.

It's good to be back. And it's hard to be back.

It's a mix of both which has a way of creating tension.

But isn't this the exact sort of tension we're to live in if we are to live full and fruitful lives?  Isn't life about learning how to hold this dynamic energy that pulls us in opposite directions? 

The tension between rest and play. Fasting and feasting. Plowing forward or pulling back. Mercy and justice. Giving in or standing your ground. 

All of life is elastic and dynamic.

Days like this remind me that to live well is to learn how to oscillate between the polarities of our lives; that we can actually fall into the Loving Arms of the Present Moment - God is in the highs and the lows.

Life is rarely either-or.  It's both-and.  And there is something very freeing about that.

There are a lot of transitions happening this time of year. Empty-nesting. Heading to university for the first time. Sending your little one's off to school for their first day. That new job.

It's always changing because it's meant to change. 

Whatever transition this season brings, and however you're feeling about it, let's all take a breath and remember that ALL of life belongs - nothing is wasted.