My circle of friends has expanded greatly, and as I was preparing to leave Bloomington this morning, I got out my pilgrim’s passport to have Daniel sign it before I left and I stopped to read a few pages. (For those of you who don’t know, the passport is a little book which I have had everyone I have stayed with on my journey sign.) I realized that this book is full of love and welcome. It is a gift to me from all those people who already gave me the gift of their company and a place to stay. It is evidence of the abundance available to me if I just look for it. I give great thanks to Andrew who not only provided the idea of the passport as a way to mark the journey, but provided the book as well. I never would have done it otherwise. And I would have missed a wealth of meaning.
It’s funny what people will say if you give them the opportunity. I wonder what each of you would say to the people in your lives if you stopped to write it down. Just a few words. Just a few thoughts on what their presence in your life has meant to you.
I did this once a few years ago with my close circle of friends at the time. A note from the heart telling them how much I appreciate them. At the time, there were only four notes. Today, it would probably take me a month to finish those letters. As I wrote above, my circle of friends has expanded greatly. And my gratefulness has expanded with it. I am so blessed and nurtured by the people that surround me and I just wanted to say “Thank You.”
* This is part of an ongoing series of posts detailing what happened on a spiritual pilgrimage that I took in 2002. To start from the beginning, go to July 2, 2013. To see the entire spiritual journey as it gets published, click on the category “You Want Me To Do WHAT?!!?” to see all of the posts.