The Way – to Give Thanks

Last Tuesday I had an accident in our back garden. I was chasing Oscar, our new puppy, and slipped on some mossy decking. I fell on my back and tore the intercostal muscles between my ribs.

Let’s just say, it hurt, and still does nearly a week later.

Having to be still has made me realise just how much I take for granted my mobility and health. To be able to just go for a walk, a drive, to lay down to sleep. To play guitar and sing. I’ve not managed to do any of these things for a week.

It has helped me to remember just how lucky I am.

Before I fell I had been thinking of pilgrimage. I have friends who have walked the Santiago de Compostela and maybe one day I will take that path – I know it’s something I would love to do in this lifetime. In the mean time I am considering a pilgrimage to give thanks for my physical body, for its ability to heal, when I can walk a good distance again.

Where to? I don’t know yet. But it’s something feel I need to do.

The Way is one of the most uplifting films I have ever seen. It’s challenging, and the beginning is more than a little upsetting, but the message behind the film is beautiful. If you haven’t seen it, do try. It’s on Netflix and is well worth tracking down.


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  1. Corwen March 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I loved The Way too, and the interviews with the cast in the DVD ‘special features’ were perhaps the most moving part for me, so check them out too if you can.

    If you decide to walk The Camino I’ll lend you a rucksack that knows the way Damh!

    • Damh the Bard March 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Cheers Corwen. It’s truly something I would love to do and it would be very handy to have a rucksack I could ask for directions! 🙂

  2. Lin March 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I am sorry to learn you had such a debilitating fall Damh, but pleased it was not worse. It has certainly given you time to reflect.

    Blessings for a full recovery.

    • Damh the Bard March 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      It certainly has that Lin! Thank you.

  3. Chrstine Hasan March 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I think that going on a pilgrimage is a brilliant idea. More power to you. And hope you fully recover.

  4. Karma March 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I love the blog, Damh, and I’ve just recently found the podcast and adore it. This post, though… I know what you mean, about feeling the call to do this kind of a walk. Last year I hiked the Appalachian Trail, 2200 miles of mountains on the east coast of the US, and it really brought me to a connection with nature that led me to the OBOD site, which led me to the blog.

    The road goes ever on!

    I’m sorry about your injury, and I wish you speedy healing and safe journeys. Blessings!

    • Damh the Bard March 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Wow I bet that did give you a connection to the land! How long did that take?

  5. Nancy March 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hi may you heal soon!

  6. Marie March 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    The ancient church of St Melangell in Wales would be a worthy candidate for pilgrimage – she is the patron of hares, and the church is based on a likely Bronze Age circular enclosure with ancient yews, in a glorious setting.

    Hope you are hale and hearty again soon!

  7. coral and john March 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    We had a wonderful time on Saturday but you were really sadly missed. Just not the same at penstowe without the Bard. Wishing you a speedy recovery and our love to you and your family.

    • Damh the Bard March 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad everyone had a good time, I missed you all greatly. So third time lucky for the Damh/Kate/Corwen gig next year!

  8. jayne March 11, 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I do hope you feel better soon, I’ve had lots of similar injuries from handling & riding horses. Like you say it does make you think about stuff we take for granted!

  9. Damh the Bard March 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Cheers everyone. Life telling me to slow down a little methinks. But…but… 🙂

  10. jayne March 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply


    1. Mr Bow Crow died today of a heart attack. He was ‘a Communist Socialist’, he was 52 years old & a Trade Unionist. He may have ‘lost the plot’ BUT he read Marx….maybe not as recently as I have.
    2. One of the ‘Ethical Banks’ in the UK (the Co-op) the Chief Exec. Mr Euan Sutherland resigned today as well…..this is my bank of choice.

    It’s all very well to hug trees and sing tunes & object to fracking BUT where do you think the Goddess might think that all this is GREAT? Sorry to be cross as at early morning today I paid £15 to get the intro. stuff for the Order of Bards & stuff. I hope it lives up to my expectations. Ribs bruised may hurt but at least you’re still alive Damh.

    • Damh the Bard March 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I don’t understand what you mean by this comment Jayne, but thanks for leaving it anyway.

  11. coral and john March 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I don’t think you will be disappointed x

  12. Clara March 12, 2014 at 3:04 am - Reply


    So sorry to hear about the accident. Ouch! I feel the same way about being thankful and not taking things for granted. I remember that almost every single time I turn on the water to wash my hands or take a shower. I’m so thankful to have clean water. Your post inspires me to include this same feeling to mobility and health. <3

  13. Bronzewing April 1, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Hey Damh, missed this post before. Hope you are well on the way to mending. I have been on a very long journey back to health after having had Lyme disease for over ten years undiagnosed. The simple pleasures of doing a little art or a morning practice or even a meditation without being exhausted for it are returning to me. It is just amazing to be able to do these things again! I have certainly learned to appreciate the little things and also not to assume that someone who looks well is well. There is a bright side to every experience, even one as crappy as Lyme.

    Give Oscar a hug and kiss for me!

    • Damh the Bard April 1, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Thank you! And glad you are on the mend too!

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