Stairway (to Skellig Michael)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Writing Between the Lines

When we traveled to Ireland we visited Skellig Michael, a monastery founded by Christian monks in the 7th century.  Life there was remote and harsh, the weather often severe.   The monks collected rainwater to drink, raised a few animals and imported soil from the mainland nine miles away so they could grow vegetables on that barren little island.

If a monk made a rare crossing to the mainland for supplies, rough weather might strand him there for a week or a month.  To return to his spartan life in a cold stone beehive hut, he would have to climb 700 feet up these winding stairs, bearing whatever supplies he had fetched home.

On our life’s journey most of us earn our bread, raise our families, and pursue our passions.  Sometimes, like water flowing down a hillside, we take the path of least resistance.  What in your life do you care…

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    1. Dear Priscilla,
      I knew that about you already–you are a person of deep passion, deep thought and self-awareness–and that is what it takes, I think, to be willing to make that climb.
      Thank you for sharing your perspective–it’s always good to hear from you.

    1. Dear Sylvia,
      We were there on a sunny day that didn’t really feel very windy, but the boat ride over was so fought that we were soaked to the skin through our waterproof rain gear they had us put on. The living conditions were as harsh as the environment–it had to be a difficult life, and judging from all the graves, more than a few succumbed. But one can envy them their passion and admire their dedication.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your response.

    1. Dear Cybele,
      This was really interesting, and I thank you for sharing this with me. This gent is another man who has followed his passion and shaped his life around that. Thanks so much for visiting, and sharing the video.

  1. Naomi, I liked this real life ‘mountain’ story, where those who lived in this monastery chose to live away from people. They certainly had to go through some danger and serious exercise to get home after picking up and hauling supplies. Wow! I found this very interesting, Naomi.
    Your photographs show what a gorgeous place this was to live (and visit.)
    I value my family, my siblings, children and grandchildren, then my friends and neighbors. The coworkers I have gotten to know are very supportive in our daily hard working jobs. It is like we are a ‘team,’ Naomi.

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