Left, Right, Left

Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can only take one step at a time.”–Osho.

When I was in Charlottetown I took myself out to the tiny cinema in town to see the movie, The Way.  A film directed by Emilio Estevez about a pilgrimage along The Camino de Santiago de Compostela.  Since being back in Montreal, with my only mode of transportation being my own two feet, I have pounded some serious pavement in only a few days back and accumulated some gnarly blisters, so naturally, I can’t help but think about walking.

We are considered an evolved species, in part due to our ability to stand upright and walk on our two feet.  Throughout our lives, we continually put one foot in front of the other on a daily basis without really considering what an extraordinary feat that actually is.

I moved into my Montreal apartment, surrounded by two incredibly inspirational women, one of which is about to embark on a Walk to Greece.  We had a few days of overlap, in which the three of us got to spend time together to help her pack and prepare.  The walk begins in the Czech Republic and culminates in Greece, walking upwards of 30 kilometers per day, covering a total distance of 1,600 kilometers.  She walks to create awareness for the austerity measures against migrants and refugees in Greece and in Europe.  Each day, her and her sister, both 3rd generation Greeks, will lead daily yoga classes, live minimally and hope to build community ties in small towns and villages along the way.

My other roommate just recently lost her brother and I can’t even imagine the grief she wrestles with on a daily basis, and yet she still finds this amazing capacity to welcome me into her home with more generosity and caring than most lifelong friends.

We walk for exercise; to raise our heart rates and build muscle, we walk to raise awareness, we walk to find a voice; marching and demonstrating for all that you believe is righteous and good and true.  Sometimes we walk simply to get from one place to another, where the journey is about the destination, and other times we walk, just to walk, for the sheer thrill of bipedal locomotion.

We walk along this crazy Path called Life, and I think most of us take for granted the incredible strength that it takes to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  We forget about the hurdles we surpass; the people we lose, the sickness we overcome, the demons we wrestle, the fears we face.  And still, we summon the seemingly insurmountable courage to keep on walking; to surge forward with grace and humility and determination.

And I, for one, feel blessed to be surrounded by such strong, inspirational people.  People who inspire me to, no matter what, take life one beautiful step at a time.

If you are interested in participating in the Walk to Greece, or would like to donate or sponsor those walking, please email walktogreece@hotmail.com, or check out their Facebook Page and blog site at http://www.facebook.com/walkto.greece.5, or www. walktogreece.wordpress.com/


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MaryLynn.Titcomb@gmail.com
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 19:17:18

    Love your words, you amaze me! Glad your found loving friends to share home with! Miss your face, your hugs, your smiles!!!xoxo


  2. Debbie
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 07:37:13

    Wow !!!! Powerful , keep them coming Jen….They are wise and moving…coming from a young lady….


  3. Robin
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 15:50:48

    Like attracts like so it is no surprise that you have found some wonderfully inspiring women to share your Montreal home with. Just be sure to take care of those feet and wear your heels out dancing!


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