Joy with a purpose

by Sarah Luna

I took this picture in the summer of 2007 after walking 27 km (16.77 miles) of the Camino de Santiago in the frigid rain.  Yes, I was exhausted. Yes, I was in pain.

But I was triumphant.

That simple baguette with honey, eaten in a humble pilgrim’s stop, gave me great satisfaction because I had earned it. I had a concrete goal, and I could not stop until I reached it.

Now at 12:28am in Ithaca, New York, I am buried in mountains of macro mechanisms, piles of publications, and swamps of student submissions (alliteration, woo!).  I have to remind myself that this is all part of the goal.

Thank you, friends, for all your encouraging phone calls, letters, cards, and emails this past week (and every week).