There are so many things to get done in the next 5 hours, when our son will leave work, pick us up and get us to the airport. One becomes aware of all the details of life, which as daily occurrences, fit into the web and flow of work, family, friends,home, chores, exercise, and the like. In order to let go of all of these, we must find a way to tie things together, wrap them up, set them aside, and make "to-do" lists so that we won't forget what needs doing when we come home.
Perhaps part of why we go on pilgrimage is precisely so we will forget. In a way, this is an opportunity for us to 're-set' our tendency to have 'gerbil brains' constantly spinning on a wheel of busyness. Stepping outside our day to day routine, getting off the treadmill, even, as is this case, shifting around our internal clocks, as we move ahead in time 8 hours, allows us to see everything with new eyes, because for once, our vision is not obscured.
Sitting in our kitchen in Calgary it is hard to imagine that tomorrow we will be sleeping in Cairo. Who knows what this journey will reveal, what impact it will make on our living? We are open to the changes that will come, to new insights and understanding, the challenges and new experiences. And, I must say, at this moment, we are really getting excited!