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    In 2016, I ventured out for the first time into the ancient paths of the Via Francigena, an illustrious pilgrimage route that has, for centuries, traced a spiritual and physical line between Canterbury and Rome. Curiously enough, I never reached the end of the journey. Since my first experience, I have walked almost every summer a section of 100 km on the path, but I never completed the goal of this daunting 2,000 km journey in Rome.

    However, the truth is every grand journey begins with a single, often timid step. Fast forward almost eight years later, and I am poised to embark on the remaining path, a testament to the idea that time, patience, and persistence are the true companions in our quest to reach our goals.

    The Lesson of the First Step

    Embarking on the Via Francigena to finish the route in Rome is not merely a physical act; it represents a commitment, a vow I made to achieve something. The challenge was substantial, and the completion of the trek still needed to be met. But the end of this journey was never the true objective; it was the understanding that even an incomplete endeavor is a learning process and a part of the greater tapestry of our purpose in life.

    The Virtue of Patience

    It would be easy to be discouraged by the incomplete path and view it as a failure. Yet, the true lesson for me lies not within the destination reached but in the patience to accept that our dreams and goals are not always realized within the time frame we expect (a massive lesson for me). The endpoint still stands in the future, but the steps taken towards it, no matter how distant in time, are what shape and prepare us.

    The Reward of Persistence

    Fast-forwarding eight years, I understood that I never really left the path. While life continued, the desire to complete the pilgrimage to Rome lay dormant, a steady flame waiting to be reignited. Staying persistent in the face of time and change is the very embodiment of human resilience and determination. My decision to complete the Via Francigena is not just about walking; it’s about continuing from where I left off, unshaken by the passage of time.

    The Journey Reinvented

    As I prepare once again for the sojourn, the journey is reborn. The steps will resonate with new meanings, informed by experiences gathered over the years. This new experience will not erase the initial attempt but rather build upon it, making the final stretch not just a conclusion but a celebration of the endurance of hope and the unwavering power of the human spirit.

    In 2016, I ventured out for the first time into the ancient paths of the Via Francigena, an illustrious pilgrimage route that has, for centuries, traced a spiritual and physical line between Canterbury and Rome. Curiously enough, I never reached the end of the journey. Since my first experience, I have walked almost every summer a section of 100 km on the path, but I never completed the goal of this daunting 2,000 km journey in Rome.

    Every Journey Is Unique

    Every traveler in this life has their story, their own set of challenges and triumphs. It is a personal pilgrimage that transcends physical endurance and ventures into the realm of personal growth and self-reflection. What seemed like an unfinished segment in 2016 has evolved into a chapter of a larger narrative, filled with its own victories, insights, and indispensable life lessons.

    Inspiration for Others

    To those standing at the foot of their proverbial mountain, whatever that peak may represent, this individual’s journey serves as a beacon of inspiration. It reminds us that our timelines need not conform to societal pressures or conventional expectations. Our dreams do not have expiration dates, and our ambitions can be deferred but not denied.

    In 2016, I ventured out for the first time into the ancient paths of the Via Francigena, an illustrious pilgrimage route that has, for centuries, traced a spiritual and physical line between Canterbury and Rome. Curiously enough, I never reached the end of the journey. Since my first experience, I have walked almost every summer a section of 100 km on the path, but I never completed the goal of this daunting 2,000 km journey in Rome.

    In Conclusion

    The completion of the Via Francigena, years in the making, is a living testimony to the idea that the seeds we plant today can bear fruit in due time. It underscores the profound truth that while our goals demand time, patience, and effort, they all begin with that very first decisive step.

    As I prepare for my journey to Rome, I am reminded that it’s never too late to pursue my dreams, that persistence is rewarded, and that every significant journey starts with a single step (like always).

    I hope that this story of unwavering spirit motivates each of us to take our first step toward our audacious goals today. The road awaits, and Rome wasn’t built—or reached—in a day.

    In about two weeks, we plan to arrive at Caput Mundi (you can follow us on social media), and I am curious to see the faces of the people at the office at the Basilica of Saint Peter. Why? Well, because when we arrive to claim the Testimonium (the document that certifies the completion of a pilgrimage to Rome, similar to the Compostela in the Camino de Santiago), they will notice that I started my journey in 2016. I can always say that I have been walking…step by step.

    In 2016, I ventured out for the first time into the ancient paths of the Via Francigena, an illustrious pilgrimage route that has, for centuries, traced a spiritual and physical line between Canterbury and Rome. Curiously enough, I never reached the end of the journey. Since my first experience, I have walked almost every summer a section of 100 km on the path, but I never completed the goal of this daunting 2,000 km journey in Rome.

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    In April, we walked towards the best version of ourselves with the Concierge Services SA in Switzerland. The weather, in particular, provided a unique setting for our program. We experienced a dramatic shift from a balmy 24 °C the previous day to a crisp 4 °C overnight. It was a weather transition that was hard to believe, yet undeniably beautiful to live! We are truly grateful to the Concierge Services Team for making this experience possible.
    The most special highlight was indeed the people. It was an honor to work with Concierge Services’ top management, collaborating with them to find the best solutions and move the organization one step closer to its best version. Your contribution was invaluable. Trust is the glue that turns every challenge into an opportunity to grow. What are you waiting for to bring your team to one of our programs?

    What have we been doing? Programs In April, we walked towards the best version of ourselves with the Concierge Services SA in Switzerland. The weather, in particular, provided a unique setting for our program. We experienced a dramatic shift from a balmy 24 °C the previous day to a crisp 4 °C overnight. It was a weather transition that was hard to believe, yet undeniably beautiful to live! We are truly grateful to the Concierge Services Team for making this experience possible. The most special highlight was indeed the people. It was an honor to work with Concierge Services' top management, collaborating with them to find the best solutions and move the organization one step closer to its best version. Your contribution was invaluable. Trust is the glue that turns every challenge into an opportunity to grow. What are you waiting for to bring your team to one of our programs? Watch the video here Upcoming Programs Spring is here, and very soon, we will be back on the road with our immersive group programs. Below are a couple of upcoming programs with places available. NEW DATE - Join the Walking Mentorship on “The Way.” A journey of self-discovery where you can explore your needs, desires, fears, and obstacles that keep you from reaching your potential. Apply here (4 places available) Exclusive for Alumni In case you have missed the direct messages we have sent. We have created an exclusive space for alumni who, like you, participated in our programs. This space is used to share news and special offers exclusive to this group and to meet other people who are also on the path toward their best version. If you haven´t do it yet, you can join the group by following the link https://chat.whatsapp.com/KckIWxs88vCFWphSkv5jNd Gift vouchers and Referrals Can I offer the WM experience to other people? Yes, you can! Check the different options for Gift Vouchers and share the Love. What about if I refer the program to a friend? You will receive a voucher every time you refer our program to a friend, the value depends on the final value of the program and you will be able to redeem to yourself or offer to someone else. Make sure they refer your name on the registration process. How can we walk together? Walking Mentorship is a labor of love that helps you gain deeper insight and equips you to create a meaningful impact on your life and those around you. How can we work together? We keep things simple by offering, Individual, Group and Corporate programs. Check the best fit for you or book a call with one of our mentors. Until then, keep walking with me,

    Watch the video here

    Upcoming Programs

    Spring is here, and very soon, we will be back on the road with our immersive group programs. Below are a couple of upcoming programs with places available.

    NEW DATE – Join the Walking Mentorship on “The Way.” A journey of self-discovery where you can explore your needs, desires, fears, and obstacles that keep you from reaching your potential. Apply here (4 places available)

    Camino June 2024 - Walking Mentorship

    Exclusive for Alumni

    In case you have missed the direct messages we have sent. We have created an exclusive space for alumni who, like you, participated in our programs. This space is used to share news and special offers exclusive to this group and to meet other people who are also on the path toward their best version. If you haven´t do it yet, you can join the group by following the link.

    Walking Mentorship Alumni

    Gift vouchers and Referrals

    Can I offer the WM experience to other people? Yes, you can! Check the different options for Gift Vouchers and share the Love.

    What about if I refer the program to a friend? You will receive a voucher every time you refer our program to a friend, the value depends on the final value of the program and you will be able to redeem to yourself or offer to someone else. Make sure they refer to your name on the registration process.

    How can we walk together?

    Walking Mentorship is a labor of love that helps you gain deeper insight and equips you to create a meaningful impact on your life and those around you.

    How can we work together? We keep things simple by offering, Individual, Group and Corporate programs. Check the best fit for you or book a call with one of our mentors.

    Until then, keep walking with me,

    Joao Perre Viana - Walking Mentorship

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