Posted by: sistermom1 | January 30, 2011

On Being a Pilgrim

“To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.
To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.
To journey and to be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.”

I read this today in a wonderful book entitled,  The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have that was written by Mark Nepo.  It is a daybook with a meditation for each day of the year, and it has really been thought-provoking for me.

Each chapter has been a wonderful reminder to look beyond (and learn from!)  my current struggles and keep moving forward positively.  Managing my health continues to be the biggest challenge that I have ever faced, but I am reminded how blessed I am in the midst of this struggle. 

My husband, children, extended family and friends are all examples of how fortunate I really am.  There are also many other things that I do count on, including our home (it already had two ramps when we bought it,and we were able to purchase and install two stair lifts), our ability to pay for the extra things I would like us to have (including a new computer and a kindle), and the new minivan we were able to purchase.

The changes that this detour has forced upon me are far more than I would ever have done on my own.    This health challenge has forced me to develop real patience — not only with others, but with myself.   The privacy that I so valued in the past is no longer an assumed basic part of my life.  (Can you say “bedside commode”?)  I rely even more on my Buddhist practice to keep me focused and moving forward.  I am even blogging about my life — something I never planned to do.  Because of this detour, I am travelling and changing — becoming the pilgrim that Mr. Nepo describes.  And even enjoying it.

Keeping you posted on the journey….



  1. Linda,
    You are becoming a spiritual warrior, and a great example to all of us in your humble dignity, your strength in adversity, and your journey of transformation.

    • Ed,

      You are very gracious.  I so appreciate you checking out my blog.  It means so much to me that anyone takes time out of their day to read it.  “Spiritual warrior” is such a powerful term!  Thank you!

      Linda Burke “Here is my secret.  It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince

      Got a minute? Please check out my blog at

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