Read The Inspirational Book - Letters From the Way

Have you ever followed the calling of your soul? What if your soul asked you to take a journey of 900km... on foot. Would you do it?  Letters From The Way is the inspiring journey of self-discovery on the Camino. What will you discover?

6 Simple Actions to Gain Clarity

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Don’t you just love that a question mark is an exclamation mark in waiting.

It is the same thing expressed differently.

It is HUH? waiting to become YES!

We all have experienced times of fear and confusion in our lives.  We know what it is like to be in a state of questioning with no clarity in sight.

What happens when we become stuck in that state?

Speaking from experience, I know how debilitating this can be.  We do not necessarily want to become stuck, but the more we question the more we become drawn into our questioning.

Perhaps this is why the question mark has a curved top.  Like a hook, keeping us hooked into a situation.

So how do we release the hook, stand up straight, gain clarity, and move on?

I believe we need to look for the action that will move us on, to look for our arrow or sign (? -> !). There always is one.

For the last few weeks, I have been writing about walking the Camino Francés across Spain.  One of the things I loved about this journey was that The Way was always clearly signposted.

The yellow arrow or scallop shell indicates The Way and pilgrims quickly learn to look for these signs on walls, street corners, lamp posts, obscure stones etc.  You simply follow the signs until you see the next one.

Believe me, pilgrims get lost, confusion sets in, you swear at your guidebook and become anxious, but most pilgrims know to go back to the last point where they saw an arrow and continue from there.

How easy if life were like this.  Perhaps it is.

1.     Stick with what you know

When we are self-aware, we know where we can tap into ourselves when confusion sets in.  Some have highly developed intuition; others trust their “gut” or their “heart” while others are very cerebral and rational in confusing times.

Whatever works for you, use it.  If your partner is a gut person and you are a head person, stick with your head; do not add more confusion to the plot.

2.     Remember past successes

Remind yourself of other times you were confused, stuck, and lacked clarity.  Remember how you overcame in that situation.  Savour that past success, and remember that if you could do it once, you can do it again.

We have all overcome obstacles; we have all let go of hooks.  Remember and build on the success.  It is not always necessary to reinvent the wheel but it is possible to use past successes as stepping-stones.


Before you go, watch this Sound Bite of Praise for the book

Letters from The Way – Sound Bites – EC from Angela Barnard on Vimeo.


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lyn-anne - 7 years ago

Angie you are an inspiration to us all. I just love reading your thoughts, they are put so succinctly. Well done Angie and keep them coming. la

    Angela Barnard - 7 years ago

    Thank you Lyn-Anne. It seems like I am achieving what I hope to do, to inspire myself and others
    Thank you for the encouragement.

Audrey - 7 years ago

Thank you! I did enjoy this article 🙂

    Angela Barnard - 7 years ago

    Thank you Audrey!

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