The magic I feel when I hike is without parallel. There is something so simple about putting one foot in front of the other, in pursuit of the goal. Fortunate to live on land touching the Pacific, a mountainous region with many peaks and valleys, I often enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay area. I have discovered many local trails with friends with whom we share this passion to explore and discover. More than just talking on the trails, we exchange ideas and build relationships for a lifetime.
We are together and yet we are also alone. For only I can overcome the challenge. No one will carry me when I get tired or my feet hurt. No one else can do the walking for me. And yet, I am sustained because nature, friendship, and challenges overcome nurture me throughout.
The journey is what calls me forward, the inspiring vision of what could be, and the enjoyment of what is. Without that, I wouldn’t be so rich with memories today, of cascading waterfalls and contemplative cows, of forested landscapes and epic views. Most importantly, I know I can meet the challenge because I am dedicated, perseverant, focused, and unwavering in my belief that I can do it.
We all can have a powerful vision for our life. The key is to make it happen.
I have learned that the best way for me to achieve my longings is with preparation and an eye towards potential. In a very real way, I know I need tools. For a hike, that could mean good shoes, layers, a map, snacks and water. For life, that could mean building a solid foundation based on my values and purpose, with some meditation tools for when the road gets dark. In both cases, I need to believe in the possibilities of dynamic outcomes, that potential can come from my hard work. I also need to be open to learn, to adapt and change, to revise and adjust, to maintain then reach. I must be steadfast in my approach.
When you find your vision, your mountain to climb, know that you too can do it. You can make it happen. For sure, there may be obstacles and challenges along the way, but once you figure out your way, you can do it again and again, bringing even more gifts of abundance into your life.
We’re all on a path. The first step is to chart a course that inspires you to reach for new heights. Then, GO FOR IT!
When we engage with our potential, when we live our purpose, when we honor our wholeness, we heal from within and create a more just and harmonious world.