#7 Sometimes, we just have to stop and stare at the view.
And doing it barefoot is a bonus.
I remember this moment. I had not yet reached the summit. But at that moment, when the path broke out of the canopy and meandered its way along the edge of the mountain, I had had enough. And I had both a positive and a negative reason to sit down.
Here was a spectacular view. It seemed as good a time as any to just sit awhile and enjoy the moment. That was the positive.
The path would take me along the edge of the mountain and I wasn’t at all sure I had the stamina to stay upright. I could envision me losing my balance and tumbling over … and down. That was the negative.
So I sat down. Taking off my shoes and socks and letting my toes wiggle in the breeze was a no brainer. Both were wet.
After laying the socks over a rock behind me to dry, I snapped this photo, posted it to my Facebook page, and laid back and stared. I was very content.
Then, I heard Elijah and Raleigh.
“Gramma Janet,” one of them called out. “You must see the top. It’s spectacular.”
For most of our hike up, Elijah had been reminding his father that he DID NOT like heights. His dad would just say he could stop whenever it got too scary, and Elijah kept on going.
There he was, with his nine-year-old brother, scampering around the bend in the path ahead.
If it’s not too high for Elijah, how can it be too high for me?
On went the still-wet socks. On went the still-damp shoes. And up I got.
The respite had been nice. But Grandmas must go where Grandmas must go.
And off I went. To the top.
Do you remember this shot from Lesson #1? I did make it all the way to the top. Thanks to Elijah and Raleigh’s prompting.
How about you? How are you at stopping and staring?
[learn_more caption=”Did you miss the earlier posts? If so, here are the links: “] #13 When the going gets tough, each step is of equal importance.
#12 Sometimes, perseverance is more important than having fun.
#11 Sometimes, there is no single, absolutely right place to put your foot.
#10 Sometimes, when we try to follow the signs, it ends in disaster.
#9 Sometimes, the path we need to take doesn’t look like a path at all.
#8 Sometimes, we just have to stop and listen.