The night before we were due to reach the Cruz de Fero, I tossed and turned about what I was going to leave behind. Grief over my childhood? Anger at people in my life?
After a long sleepless night, I had an epiphany. If I was going to leave something sad behind, I was going to have to come back every year to leave the next troubling issue at the foot of the cross.
I decided instead to leave something that I would take with me from that day forward. And that something was thankfulness. I wrote my prayer on the back of a peppermint tea wrapper, and "posted" it to the powers that be into a cairn at a spot a little ways up from the Cruz de Ferro.
It's something I try to remember everyday. When I walked the Camino again in May this year, when I reached the same spot I wondered if the message had changed. I realized it hadn't.
Does this resonate for you? What are you giving thanks for each day?