A Clean Slate

by johnandterri


I think it is good for us all to have a clean slate once in a while. There are all kinds of events in our lives that create the opportunity for a fresh start. A change in our residence, starting a new job or going to a new school, getting married or divorced, deaths of family or friends are some of the major events that can lead us to a clean slate. Other times our clean slate may come from something smaller like starting a new class, going on a vacation with a tour group for the first time or starting a blog for the first time.

One very clear memory for me of starting a clean slate occurred when I graduated from 8th grade. I suffered a lot of emotional stress due to my inability to socially integrate with my classmates during these grade school years. I felt a lot of isolation. When I received my acceptance letter from O’Dea High School that I had been accepted, I can still remember the feeling like it was yesterday. This was my chance to start anew! I could not wait. A fresh start is all I needed. I had none of the problems that haunted me during grade school. I really grew both socially and academically at O’Dea. A fresh start or a clean slate can be really helpful for us in our growth to being a better man or woman.

Terri and I have experienced a couple of big clean slates in our lives as well. When we got married, we both took 3 months off our jobs to backpack. We backpacked in the Cascades, Sierras and the Canadian Rockies. We even climbed Mt Baker together!  What a way to begin our new lives together. We learned a lot of about each other as we hiked and climbed through the mountains.  She really did love me!

The Camino de Santiago was our other big opportunity to start anew. One of our reasons to walk the Camino was to begin our retirement together with a fresh start. We really had to lean on each other and support each other to make it all the way. We were by each others side the whole time. We spent a lot of time together as we would in our retirement. It was for me, also a time to process more that my life as a Boeing manager/engineer was now complete, and I was retired. The Camino did a great job of helping me make this transition.

I know that many folks that walk the Camino, are doing it often to establish a clean slate in their lives. It turns out though there are often many opportunities out there for us all to latch onto when we are looking for clean slate in our lives to begin anew. I encourage you to look for them in your life as they can be very important for your growth!



Camino Pano of the Week

Country Pathways

There was some wonderful country walking paths to walk on the Camino. This tree certainly got my attention. I stitch about 6 images together to get this full image . There are some big trees left in Spain.

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