I recently found this video on Youtube while looking for Scottish and Irish music. It has kept my attention since then, and I have listened to it many times.
Dougie MacLean wrote this song while busking in France with some friends because was feeling homesick for his home in Perthshire, Scotland. After he played the song for his friends, they all decided to return home.
This song is relaxing. The lyrics also resonate with me, although not with the same message. In the second verse MacLean says
I have moved and I’ve kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing, found others on the way.
I do not know what he refers to here, but I think of times that I felt abandoned by people that I thought were friends when I needed help finding work in my previous field (not all of my friends; some did try to help). Leaving behind a career path can be difficult if you have invested much into it, and being unable to depend on some of the people who went to school with you is also difficult. In time I learned that I needed to move on. Now I am back in school and pursuing a career which will continue to be in increasing demand. I can move forward without letting the past define my life.
As I listen to this song, I also think of my dream to spend a week in Iona and another week exploring the surrounding islands. I have decided to set a goal to accomplish that dream. As a student, I do not have the funds or time now. After I finish school and work a few years in this field, then maybe I can earn a two week vacation to take the trip.
This raises another idea. Whenever I travel in this USA, I bring my laptop, or at least my tablet, so that I can do email and write my thoughts. On this trip, however, I might leave all of that at home and instead bring some notebooks and pens. After all, the point of this trip is to get away from my normal activities for a while to spend time in contemplation, reading and writing, and quietly letting God minister to me. Call it a pilgrimage if you like. We are so accustomed to the conveniences of modern technology that we can feel awkward without them, but it is tempting to step away from such conveniences, and the distractions they bring, while on this trip. The life I know here will be waiting for me when I return.