Riminating: to stand on the rim of the known. To look out towards the big blue unknown. To dive into the sea of what is to come, creating ripples sweeping us into the future. New ideas, new possibilities, new lives await us when we cross the Adriatic and make new landfall.
This week we have reached a milestone in our pilgrimage from London to Jerusalem. We have walked from sea to sea. We have walked from Calais after crossing the English Channel. We journeyed through France, into Switzerland and over the Swiss Alps into Italy, before continuing our south east progress to the edge of the Adriatic Sea at Ancona.
We first caught glimpse of the endless blue expanse of the Adriatic as we approached Rimini. Before reaching Rimini we took a side trip one evening up to San Marino. From here we got our first glimpse of the blue sea we soon would be traversing.
On The Rim
Then next day we entered Rimini and made our way through the old city to the seashore. The seashore was a sea of colourful summer holiday umbrellas and deck chairs. The following day we walked from Cattolica to Fano walking along hilly roads with high views of the Adriatic Sea.
With twelve weeks of walking it may seem that I have had ample time to ruminate. To be able to reflect upon the past. Yet I have found myself continually in a state of present motion that any profound breakthroughs I had imagined may be happening on a much deeper subliminal level that I may not be yet totally aware of.
R. S. Thomas, a Welsh poet and Anglica priest wrote the following about travelling, that Nuil, a fellow traveller had quoted in a morning reading:
the point of travelling is not
to arrive, but to return home
laden with pollen you shall work up
into the honey the mind feed on.
I am still gathering pollen along this journey. The great epiphanies I have been waiting for may take time to reveal themselves. The answers I have been looking for have always been in me no doubt, I just need time for this to turn into sweet honey.
To gather pollen one needs to wander. One must go beyond what we know to new fields filled with flowers. One must look beyond to the distant horizons. We must go beyond to become a beyonder.
Yondering takes a fair good amount of wondering. When we wonder we wander. Our minds, our bodies are given the pull we need to push us over our edge, our rim, into the unknown.
Wandering allows us to illuminate the unknown. To make the unknown known. When we walk beyond our edge we enter a blue ocean of possibilities. These possibilities are often unseen, unknown, until we take the journey across the blue.
I remember as we made it to the ocean and took a photograph celebrating our milestone of walking sea to sea I became reflective. Gazing out to see I saw an blueminating expanse of nothingness. A nothingness filled with great potential, new thoughts, new adventures awaiting.
Crossing The Rubicon
As we neared Rimini and where we could gaze over the Adriatic, we passed the Rubicon River. This is where the saying ‘crossing the Rubicon‘ comes from.
This saying comes from the historical event when Julia’s Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in 49 BC, which caused the Roman Civil War.
Caesar had been appointed to a governorship over a region that ranged from southern Gaul to Illyricum (but not Italy). As his term of governorship ended, the Roman Senate ordered Caesar to disband his army and return to Rome. He was explicitly ordered not to bring his army across the Rubicon river, which was at that time a northern boundary of Italy. In January of 49 BC, Caesar brought the 13th legion across the river, an act that was considered insurrection, treason, and a declaration of war upon the Roman Senate. According to some authors, he is said to have uttered the phrase “alea iacta est” — the die is cast — as his army marched through the shallow river. 
This has come into the English language to mean the point of no return or burning one’s boats. As I stood on the edge of the sea, even though I am still no doubt processing where I have come from I know that there is no turning back.
Mind Altering Experience
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Similarly, once we cross the Rubicon of experiences our mind cannot go back to where we once were. Experiences create ripples and these ripples expand, each wave creating new change.
The Ripple Effect
As we walked across Europe I began to see the points along the journey of the outer influence of Ottoman and Eastern architectural ideas. Little changes – a point where the shape of a church dome changed, or the ornate brick breezeway in a barn, the intricate decorative brickwork on a house. One could literally draw a perimeter marking the rim or edge of the ripple of influence, as ideas met their furthest point.
No doubt as we journey further east the influences will be more distinct and numerous. Our lives are expanding little by little in successive waves with new experiences, thoughts and ideas.
Crossing The Adriatic
As we stand on the edge of the Adriatic, about to cross our Rubicon, I look forward to the new adventures, ideas and experiences that await. Crossing the Adriatic isn’t about burning bridges, but creating new ones.
Building A Bridge
Do you sometimes get bogged down in every day little annoyances? Are you prone to gossip or blame? If so, it may be time to cross the Adriatic, to burn one’s boats as you reach the distant shore. Let go of the past, the anchor that stops you making sail. It is time to riminate, walk beyond the edge of the past, make landfall and create new ripples in your life.
It is a big blue sea of possibilities awaiting you. Build that bridge over to a beautiful new now and cross it. Burn your bridges on negativity – there is only one direction from here on – forward.
I look forward to the brimming, the overflow, the breaching of the unknown. To be surrounded by a sea of ripples. To be washed over by the sea of potential.
Making landfall I look forward to walking like the ebb and flow of the tide, ever forward, always at the edge of the new.
May you too make landfall in your life, build your bridges to a new life, burn away the past, cross your Adriatic, gather pollen and make honey.
Blog post written September 1st 2017