I’ve been watching small birds feeding on the table outside my window. Cautious at first, nervously swooping in and out. They pause and rest, for seconds at a time, and then they are on edge again, perching precariously. In the midst of them I found myself wobbling too and wondering what planet I was on when I decided that Pigrimage, my word for 2014 would be a good idea!
“Pilgrimage- a journey, undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage…..”
My original vision was to wander through the year honouring each day as another step towards transitioning into the third act……making a shrine of the path along the way….I thought I would have some creative control (!) maybe it would challenge me to open up, moving forward with a sense of adventure, pushing the boat out here and there? The very and complete opposite has been going on. The first steps into the year did not go according to plan.
In a mid-winter of sparse trees, gale force storms and the beating of wings, people have begun to make their presence felt in new ways. Hearts have opened, vulnerabilities have been shared, plans revealed. Transitions are happening to others too. Beautiful souls are setting out on their own paths. Connections are deepening.
These feelings of setting out in nervous anticipation, of losing creative control, of expecting the unexpected……ha……all are universal, each a microscopic part of some much bigger whole…..
And these connections? These opening hearts? Teetering on the edge trying to make sense of the unfathomable? I don’t have any answers and by the way I’m not looking for any. All I know is that the light is returning and other pilgrims, like me are trying to fly…..
what a sweet little bird -his plumage matches the fence
Wonderful sentiments- the beauty sometimes lies in the unexpected. I can't wait to see where your pilgrimages take you. 🙂
Beautiful pictures! Life never does go as planned, does it? It is always an adventure. Whenever we moved as a kid, my Mom would say, 'Think of it as an adventure!' It was quite a while before I figured out that I don't necessarily like adventures 🙂 But I guess that is one way we grow as people. Adventures are often difficult, but can bring about unexpected good things and joy, too. I hope your pilgrimage leads to great things this year!
Incredibly brilliant photos. Your pilgrimage is likely to have its difficulties but the rewards will no doubt outweigh them. Philippa xx
windrock studio says
Happy to catch up with you and hear of your unplans and connections and to learn of your special word for this year. All we can do is what we do and then – bam!- there are all those others, doing, too and it is often more than we could ever hope for. Gorgeous image!
John Plabon says
Good luck on your Move
🙂 I hope that you'd find more fun on your new place ^__^
I hope that youd blog about your new place later, im really excited to know 🙂
Aishling Browne says
Love these photos – especially the first one. What lens did you use?
Extremely beautiful bird pictures! I am looking forward to see where your pilgrimage is going to.
Beautiful photos. 'Man plans and God laughs' so they say! But we can adapt, change direction slightly and still arrive 🙂
Beautiful as always Catherine! Hope your pigrimage takes you somewhere special even if it is not expected : )
Cait O'Connor says
I love the theme of Pilgrim and all it entails.
I can never see a robin and feel sad.
Donna@Gardens Eye View says
What a beautiful post. I love it that I am trying to feel my wings and fly again…just be in each moment…thanks for reminding me to enjoy the journey.
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