Day 5 ~ It’s Up To You

6 Jan

I took a hike this morning with my big new backpack. I didn’t have much in there… just some sunscreen, an apple, a book, my keys and cell-phone. Oh, and bear-spray. And a sweater, just in case, and a blanket to rest on, a tube of Chapstick, an extra pair of socks, and the dogs water bowl, two bottles of water, and the bee-sting kit.

At first, I didn’t even feel the pack on my back! The journey started on a flat trail and turned into a lighthearted downhill trek pretty early on. The wind was blowing a cool breeze, the sun was shining, and I could not have asked for a more beautiful January day to be out with the dog on a hike in the hills of Los Angeles…

We bounced through the wildflowers and shrub, as Barley thoroughly enjoyed himself, haphazardly chasing creatures we saw in the wild.

About 1.5 miles in, we settled under a shady tree and I unloaded my pack—first the blanket, then the dish, then the waters, apple, book and bear-spray. I read, and I wrote, while Barley panted, then snoozed, and after while, it was time to head back UP the hill…

I folded up the blanket, and stuffed it into the (shrinking??) backpack, with the waters, the dish, the book, the sweater, and the bear spray, (along with everything else that was already in there) and upwards toward home, we headed.

The journey back was different though—of course, I was now hiking UP the hill rather than casually traipsing down it, but still it felt steeper now, and I was becoming more sure by the minute that God hit the incline button on me when I wasn’t looking.
Why was this so TOUGH? I hike all the time! Of course, I don’t always take all this stuff with me…

I just figured, with this big, beautiful new pack, that I could take everything I needed! I would never have to go without again! Kind of like Felix the Cat, and his bag of tricks–

Only with this bag of tricks, the joke was on me. The pack was heavy, the sun was growing hotter by the minute (ok, maybe not, but it sure felt that way), and I was starting to have visions of rangers coming for me, when finally we came to the trailhead-

Other people were at the tail head too, coming in from others routes—yet, they weren’t sweating, gasping, or fretting. They didn’t seem as desperately thrilled to see me as I was to see them, and it didn’t appear that anyone else was suffering from heat exhaustion…

And do you know what else?

No one else appeared by their pack, to have been out there for weeks on end with nothing but their dog and an over stuffed survival pack–

I was the only one.

I carried baggage that I did not need to carry, just because I could.

Sound familiar?

“Every journey begins with a single step” and what we choose to carry through the journey we call ‘Today’ is entirely up to us!

You CAN carry it all—you can. You are strong enough, smart enough, and capable enough to carry it all if you feel you must—

OR, you can shift your focus, and your experience, and carry only what you need,; keep your heart light, your feet moving, and room in your pockets for treasures you find along the climb (which is a gift in itself, is you allow for it to be).

You came into this life experience perfectly and divinely prepared to live this life and master this mission. Everything you will ever need, you already have.


Blessings? Don’t mind if I do.

1. I’m grateful for the knowledge that all is in divine order; there is purpose in it all.

2. I’m grateful for excellent advice that comes in two easy to remember words:

Pay Attention.

3. I’m grateful to know: that I can carry it all or let it go, that the process is just as important as the product, and that in the end, it’s what we make it — nothing more, nothing less.

4. Comfortable shoes. Nuff said.

5. I received a text from a friend and colleague today that simply read:

“How can I add value to your life?”

What a blessing we can be to one another and it doesn’t take much. Go ahead, and ask someone that same question.

Create a blessing by BEING the blessing ~ You ARE the gift!


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