I’ve just listened to a rather good Thought for the Day. They can be banal or tedious but this was spot on.
Today is St Bede’s Day and he, it seems,was very interested in time. He didn’t have our current obsession with squeezing as much into our day as possible. He didn’t see time as a commodity to be spent, saved or wasted but as a series of moments, held and marked out in the day, season and calendar in which God was present to be worshipped and known.
Not everyone has that focus of course. But conversation about modern life and mental health is often about anxiety, distraction, FOMO, (fear of missing out), and a generalised sense of inadequacy. We have so much available to us at our fingertips and yet are less happy and satisfied than previous generations. I went to see Bill Bailey recently and he said, that in the West we are more likely to die of obesity than starvation, and of suicide than at the hands of a terrorist. So “Death is coming, but on our terms.” I digress.
Anyhow this morning’s speaker was encouraging us this weekend to put down our phones, unplug the the earphones and spend time just being with our family and friends. Nothing to argue with there.
But I still find it hard. I am in the middle of packing for the Next Big Walk which starts tomorrow, and I’m massively distracted by texts and emails and general nonsense.
However the very good thing as I’ve said before about walking is the simplicity of it: one foot in front of the other. And I carry only just enough stuff for that time away. And you know it’s getting less and less.
Here’s Helen’s list. It’s impressive and comprehensive and actually quite simple. This is what we bring.
2T shirts ( not cotton)
Lightweight padded coat
Warm long sleeved base layer
Vest/t shirt for evening
Zip off trousers
Trekking skirt or second pair of shorts
Leggings for evening
2 thin socks
2 thick socks
Lightweight trainers for the evening
(Juicer for phone)
Glasses & sunglasses
( head torch)
Shoulder bag or equivalent for evening
Notebook and pen
Rucksack and waterproof cover
(In my first aid kit
Anti mozzi spray)
Face moisturiser with SPF 15/20
Sun cream SPF 30
Lypsyl SPF 30
Small bottle Shampoo which doubles as body wash/ detergent
Tooth brush &toothpaste
Purse with cash and cards
(Pilgrim purse to share)
This year I’m bringing flip flops as I yearning to get my toes out in the evening last year. And spare laces and ends for my poles. And for some reason I carry cable ties. Ready to construct a stretcher – of course.
And yes we carry it all. But we are not averse to a willing Sherpa should the need arise.
Yes my clothes all fit in those zippy bags. And I’ll be wearing some tomorrow. Phew. I’ll try and post again later. Just priming the blogging pump so to speak.