I was hesitant to hike the Grand Canyon because of the storms that were approaching and I didn’t want to get wet. With a little nudge from my friends, we began the journey out to Plateau Point. We enjoyed each others company, conversations and laughter. Friends who share the same journey in self acceptance. As we approached our destination, we were faced with a storm. We were not in danger, but to go thro…ugh, would mean to be uncomfortable. We pushed through the wind and rain and arrived. I’ve hiked this trail many times and as usual, the view took my breath away. This time however, something was different. My heart became heavy. I sat on the edge of this cliff and began to weep. I wept for so many reasons. It’s not that I was sad, I just needed to let go. Letting go so that I can be free. Life is hard and I need to surrender again. To let go of what I can not change and embrace what I can. It started to rain harder, I looked to the heavens and just sat still. I didn’t run for cover. I remained in the moment and was cleansed by the cool rain. As we hiked out, I went slow. With every step, I reminded myself of how far I’ve come in this journey called Life. Aches and pains and soaking wet with tears and rain, I arrive at the top… Humble and grateful for all that I have and all that I am. Feeling refreshed, I am ready to go again.
Isn’t this what life is about? Be gentle with yourself. Know that you are enough and you are worthy of surrendering and starting over.