Last week I walked in a land of legends and horizons. One day we set up before dawn. The air was chilly and crisp, and the sounds seemed amplified by the silence of the pre-dawn.
As we walked the gravel road towards the rising sun, a thought kept arising in my mind – what a luxury! What a marvellous luxury to take time for myself. My Self. Think about it – can there be anything more important?
Even if you see your life as a service to others, how can you be of use to others if you are exhausted, empty, dry? How can a fountain give water if it isn’t fed?
And aren’t you worth your time? For yourself?
I kept walking as the sun dawned, and its beautiful light blinded me on the horizon. What an interesting feeling – beauty that blinds, light that stops you from seeing.
As I walked, I felt under my feet the rumble of the herd of cattle moving to greener pastures in the land of the magnificent bull. I could not see them but felt them very close. Very real.
We stopped for a rest and a bite on a hillock, gazing at the rising sun.
As I ate some dried apricots and felt the sweet, tangy flavour, I could feel the sun warming me. My legs enjoyed the rest, almost as much as they enjoyed the walk. My body relaxed and my mind at ease.
No hurry. No worry. Follow the rhythms of nature and allow yourself to be. Present. Feeling. Listening to your thoughts. No hurry. No worry.
Some walking after we stopped for lunch. The place couldn’t be simpler – a local coffee shop that doubles as a grocery store, restaurant, bar, disco and anything else that the imagination can encompass – as long as it is on the most basic of means.
I asked the owner what we could eat, and his answer was “Lo que quieras” – What you want. Just like that, and I believed him. We had the most amazing fried eggs with vinegar and paprika – and don’t judge till you try them. We had fresh bread with the best butter I ever tried, delicious orange juice and coffee. I asked for a “bocadilo de lomo e queso” – loin and cheese sandwich that was a feast.
Here is the living proof of the best butter ever tried
I felt truly good. Happy. At peace.
As I walked this simple land, again, I marvelled at the luxury of this all.
Had I taken a private jet to the nearest airport and driven a luxury car to the best restaurant, it wouldn’t have tasted this good. No Michelin stars could beat the sun on that simple earthen terrace. Had I gone to the best hotel, my body wouldn’t have enjoyed a better rest than in the simple Albergue we had slept in. And nothing in the world could have been better than taking the time for myself.
This is truly the ultimate luxury, and it is available to us all – you need only to decide to take the time for yourself.
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PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN 2021
The Year-End program in Colmeal is the opportunity to revise your annual journey and plant the seeds to the road ahead. During four days you will cover the different events of your year and prepare the ground for what lies in front. Register here.
UPCOMING WALKINAR (ALUMNI ONLY)
In February 2022 we will be back with an important event exclusive to our Alumni. We want to invite you to participate in a Walkinar (you will need your mobile phone, power bank and walking shoes) and during one hour and a half walk in nature together with other alumni towards the best version of ourselves. You will reflect on your action plan, what is working and what is not working. Let us know you are coming! (you can always join, even if you don’t register, but the room is limited to 50 participants). Register here.
SHOULD WE WALK TOGETHER?
Walking Mentorship is a labour of love that helps you gain deeper insight and equips you to create a meaningful impact in your life and those around you. How can we work together? We keep things simple by offering Immersive, short-term and Corporate programs. Check the best fit for you.
Keep walking with me,
Nuno Santos Fernandes
Partner of Walking Mentorship
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