Today is my last full day in Santiago. I arrived last Thursday, a couple days earlier than expected. I used the time for a few things.
To decompress from the wonderfully difficult daily routine. Up at 6:30 am, out by 7:30 am, walking until about 4:00 pm, finding a place to stay, a meal, and some solitude and sleep.
I also used the time to transcribe several songs I wrote in a most unconventional way. I brought a GoPro camera, thinking I would capture footage of cathedrals in each town, interviews with Camino friends, etc. Not so. The daily routine commanded most of my daily energy.
However, on The Way, I found myself writing songs by singing into the camera. I couldn’t have predicted that or even dreamed it up. Thanks God for that!
Of the 26 pieces I wrote, 10 landed in the “nice try” pile, leaving 16 songs that I will start incorporating into concerts right away.
While I thought I might write more blog entries than I did, I didn’t have the wits about me to do so.
What I did write, that I am eternally grateful for, is a collection of songs about thanksgiving, grace, gratefulness, anthology, surrender, and a future of hope, not in spite of but along side the joys and disappointments that life will surely bring. That’s life, so they say.
It’s not what we do that defines us perhaps. It’s what we do with what we do that shapes and molds our day, our character, our presence, and our future.
These new songs, I hope, will help me to live a grateful life. And, I hope they will help others do the same.
See you soon.
God bless you all.