'Pilgrim n.: A traveller that is taken seriously' (Ambrose Bierce)
We take on many weird and wonderful personas in order (we think) to make others like us: ‘funny’, ‘smart’, ‘cool’, ‘fashionable’, ‘dominant’, ‘smiley’, ’nice’. But if these outward expressions are not who we actually are in that moment, one way or another it will always show.To be taken seriously, we must be able to express our authentic self. Others will instinctively respect us for that integrity. Integrity, quite frankly, is a ray of pure sunshine in an obfuscating world.
The charms I make, charms-with-meaning, are always about life travel as pilgrimage: finding an authentic way to travel wisely through your life. So let me rephrase that Pilgrim quote to the following:
Pilgrim n. – A traveller who takes their own life journey seriously.(Talisgirlcharms)
That’s where the joy comes in – when everything in life has value. You are no longer just thinking about yourself in isolation, but of yourself in relationship to everyone, everywhere and everything you come in to contact with.
Life no longer deals you blows, or gives you a ‘lucky break’: it brings you the challenges you need to discover who you really are. Integrity is what allows you to get the best out of the breaks and the curve balls.
Your friends, family, groups, and favourite places, things you love or hate: these are all clues to who you are. How do they change and affect you, what do they tell you about yourself and what you want in life?
As a life pilgrim you are able to see that you are wonder-full, and life is full of wonders.
The accumulation of mindful experiences into life-wisdom will be the greatest reward you can achieve in life.
Pilgrims traditionally wear or carry a symbol which helps others to recognise them as being on a special (spiritual) journey, but also to remind themselves each day and through the tough times, to be mindful of the purpose of their journey.
I’ve created a charm symbol for a life pilgrim, a symbol both secular and sacred, as one is always within the other. It is to remind you to be mindful, every day of your life journey.
The Talisgirlcharms Winged Seed charm is a symbol for a pilgrim, conscious traveller, life-traveller, for daily mindfulness, for true self respect; however you feel comfortable (authentic) calling it.