The Basic Little Yellow Arrow of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
Have you ever felt lost in life, and didn’t know which way to go? Have you ever had to make a decision, and didn’t know which path to choose? Have you ever felt like you didn’t know which direction to turn?
Wouldn’t it be nice if at these moments in life, the right way, the right path, the right choice, and the right direction were just obvious? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of clear sign or symbol pointing us the right way, the right path, the right choice, and the right direction?
And what if that clear sign or symbol was as simple as just a basic little yellow arrow?
Well, on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, it is. The Camino is clearly marked with hundreds of basic little yellow arrows painted on sign posts and railings, on the sides of homes and other buildings, on sidewalks and paved roads, on rocks and stones, on tree trunks, on electrical poles and lamp posts, on the back of street signs, and on brick and stone walls. This yellow arrow, aka flecha, along with several other types of signs and symbols, points us to take the right way, the right path, the right choice, and the right direction along the Camino.
Sometimes these basic little yellow arrows point us straight ahead, other times they lead to the left or to the right, or through a tunnel, or over a bridge, or along a trail, around a corner, up some stairs, through an intersection, down a dirt or gravel path or on a paved road, and through small villages and larger towns. Ultimately leading to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
I believe that in life, the basic little yellow arrow appears to us through all kinds of signs and symbols pointing us to take the right way, the right path, the right choice, and the right direction…
As I walked 150 miles of the Camino de Santiago, I had a lot of time to think, about a lot of various things. I also made notes on what I packed, used and didn’t need, (or didn’t pack but wished I had) for the journey. And I learned some Spanish words along the way. I plan to include some of my “thoughts, tips, and translations” with each blog that I post about my journey along the Camino de Santiago.
Thoughts, Tips, and Translations for Today’s Blog:
Contemplative Thought from the Camino: Look for the basic little yellow arrows of life. They exist. Literally and figuratively.
Packing Tip for the Pilgrimage: No compass needed. But a great guidebook, “A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago” by John Brierley, is very helpful with text and maps that describe terrain, distances, places to sleep, eat, and drink (including water fountains), and much more.
Spanish Translation of the Santiago: Arrow = Flecha. Yellow = Amarilla. Basic Little Yellow Arrow = Básica Poco Flecha Amarilla; or Poco Básico Flecha Amarilla; or Pequeña Flecha Amarilla Básica; or Básica Flecha Amarilla Pequeña; or Flecha Amarilla, Pequeña y Básica.
Sweet Travels, with lots of yellow arrows!11 comments