The Sorrow Stone Story is one of Sue’s signature tales that has been shared with audiences all over the world in her keynotes and storytelling. Here is an adaptation from Chapter 7 in the book My Camino. This story was made into a short film for the launch of Sue’s second book, Confessions of a Pilgrim. Watch here.
If you liked My Camino, the continuing saga of the Camino experience is told in my second book, Confessions of a Pilgrim. I went back to the Camino to walk the Portuguese Route. Prior to leaving a Native friend had a dream about me where she was told to provide me a sacred Eagle Feather that I was to give to someone on my way. The spiritual journey continues….
Once upon a time, there was a town terrified by a dragon. The beast demanded a maiden per weekto eat, and one day, it was the princess’ turn to beoffered to the dragon. The young knight Jordi heard aboutthe princess’ fate and decided to save her. He fiercelyfought the dragon and while the creature fell mortally wounded somethingamazing happened: from the blood on the floor a beautiful redrose grew. Jordi picked the flower and gave it to the princess as a sign of his love, and they livedhappily ever after.
I was introduced to the Camino by my friend and trainer, Matthew Wivell, and I completed it in 2011. Matthew had always encouraged me to read your books. I finally took the time to read it and could not believe the similarities we share and I could not put it down. I felt I was reading something I wrote. It was amazing. When I told Matthew this, he said why do think I continued to tell you to read it. Anyway, I am now reading your Confessions of a Pilgrim. Thank you for writing these and I am starting to write my own Camino book, however slow I am but at least I started. Thanks for the inspiration however I don’t think I will ever walk barefoot. Buen Camino!
Beautiful words from someone who was really moved by the story of the Sorrow Stones…
Thank you for sharing the Sorrow Stone story on video. It was wonderful to see some of the people and locations you have told me about and that are in your books and CDs.
I found my Voice.
From the first time I started writing My Camino the book, I wanted to speak the words of the stories. I had recorded a storytelling CD called Stone by Stone in 2003 before I started writing, yet I still wanted to use my voice. Finally, 10 years have passed since my first Camino and I have finally recorded the entire book. It’s a 5 CD set full of my love for this path that changed my life forever.
A Modern Day Pilgrim
Our bodies move in precision gracefully gliding as one force caressing the still water below, as if being lead by the rhythm of a secret dance. My mind was calm. My soul surrendered in a balanced state without resistance as our crew of eight strong women rowed precisely in rhythm along the shores of Lake Ontario.
My name is Sue Kenney and I am a pilgrim. I walked 780 kilometers on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for the first time in 2001. After being suddenly downsized from my corporate telecom career I decided to go for a long walk to figure out my life purpose. The Camino is a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain. I walked for 29 days and went alone in the winter. I followed yellow arrows on a path that had been walked by millions of pilgrims before me. It was a profound life altering experience.
Through the art of walking, I discovered that my life work is to use my voice to tell stories to inspire others on their life journey. When I returned home I became a storyteller. I went to schools, libraries, church groups, networking groups, businesses and anywhere people would listen to my stories. Many who heard me said I should write a book. I told them I wasn’t a writer. As I told more stories, more people said I should write a book. I decided to record a storytelling CD because I thought they wanted to take something home with them after they heard the stories. It’s called Stone by Stone and in the first 6 months of its release I sold and gave away 1000 copies. People wrote back to me and said I should write a book. Ahhhh. One morning I woke up and it all became clear to me. I understood that this wasn’t all about me. It wasn’t a question of whether I could write or not, these stories were given to me as a gift from God. If I didn’t share them, then I would be doing a dis-service to the universe and not fulfilling my obligation to living my life purpose. At Word on the Street literary festival I found a publisher. He told me that I must have a minimum of 200 pages. That’s 50,000 words. My plan was to have the book out in the summer of 2005. In that case, he told me I needed to have a manuscript to him in 2 months. I assured him that if I wrote 1000 words a day for 2 months I could have the book written. So I did it. If I had known it was impossible, I wouldn’t have done it. The book is called Sue Kenney’s My Camino and it’s a Canadian national best seller.