JAPAN DAY 14
Temple 26 26km
Total kms walked in Japan 282
Cumulative km’s walked 2000
A delightful but very repetitive day, just walking along the side of the freeway that ran along the foreshore. Most of the foreshore had a big wall that restricted the view to the water, so not a lot to see except freeway and wall. Tonight we are staying at a Henro House with the meals included .....love traditional Japanese food you get so much variety. Every meal has several dishes and tonight’s meal consisted of pickled cucumber and seaweed salad, some little fried fish dish, miso soup, a meat salad ( I think beef). Only visited 1 temple today,Temple 26, (Kongōchōji) it was very elegant but of course to reach it we had a climb up a mountain track and then lots of stairs.
HIGHLIGHT: Tonight we slept on a western style bed, I can’t get used to the futons.
LOWLIGHT: Just pounding the pavement today it was all road walking except for about 2km up to the temple.
Gratitude today comes very easily as I am really feeling in the groove of the pilgrimage, so today I am grateful for my faith. Not necessarily in the Jesus and Sunday church kind of faith, more of a, universal karma or higher spiritual level kind of faith . Although when I pray, I do pray to the Big Boy so maybe a slight bias to christianity. My faith has always been part of my life, so I am grateful for this faith as it has meant I have never felt alone. I have questioned where and what the universe has in store for me, but have always known “that the universe, never gives you more than you can handle”. Grateful today for all the people that have contributed to me being me, those people who have helped shape me. My grandparents who ensure that I felt safe, loved and precious, my mother who taught me grit and tenacity, my father who pushed to to be the best I could be. The different mentors I have had during my career, Wayne Hargreaves, Brian Milburn, Alan Rowett, Gayle O’Sullivan all who taught me about about business and helped me refine my talents. Then there are my friends who taught me patience, commitment, loyalty and non judgement ,quality that make one a good friend. My gorgeous daughter who has opened up my heart in a way I never thought possible, being a mother is one of the biggest learning curves I have ever been on. Daily I learn more about what I am capable of due to the challenges of being a mother. Last but not least The Spunky Rooster, everyday is a challenge with this man, he pushes everyone of my buttons and makes me question daily what it is I really want, without him life would be so grey instead it is a kaleidoscope of colour. I am so grateful for this life, with all its highs and lows