Lessons I Learned from the North South Trail

Musings

north-south-trail1I have just started a Master Keys Master Mind Alliance class. Since traveling is one of my favorite things to do on the planet, I am referring  to this class as my journey. Although, it is not a physical journey, it is still a journey. It is just a different type. It just so happens that my husband Alan is also preparing for a journey. He is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail and walk from Atlanta to Maine in one shot. He has started getting into AT shape. Two weeks ago, he hiked the North- South Trail walking 78 miles in four days. He is not ready to hike all 2,176 miles in five months. How will he get into shape, you ask. He is taking shorter hikes. It’s the old “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” adage. Cliché, but SO true!

But I digress…

My point is that I am starting a journey just as challenging, maybe more so. The difference is that the real estate I will be hiking is located between my ears – pretty rough terrain if you ask me. We are all creatures of our habits. The cement overlay is settled and solid. I am chipping away at the old cement to uncover what lies within. Being of a certain vintage (as I like to say), I agree with Og Mandino when he says that the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men and women who nod wisely and speak stupidly. We have heard the quotation: It’s not the years in your life; it’s the life in your years. Are you noticing a theme here?

jiminy-cricket2What is the best way to live the best possible life in the years that have been allotted to me? Jiminy Cricket told us we could wish upon a star, but wishing and hoping is NOT a strategy. When I was a child, it made sense. Now, not so much! While I love Jiminy, I need a plan. Alan doesn’t expect to complete the AT by wishing and hoping that he is in shape, or disciplined, or going in the right direction. He is doing everything he possibly can to get the outcome he so passionately desires. In order to acquire the results that I desire, I am following a strategy.

appalachian-trail3Just as my husband needs a map to complete the AT, I need a map to complete my journey. Right now, this class is the map I am following. It resonates loudly with me. In life, geography is not my strong point. Those who know me well are laughing hysterically at such an understatement of one of my most obvious shortcomings. I have my share of them; but if you have ever followed me to a destination, this one is obvious. I received a full scholarship to college, but I was given a “D” in geography. I disclose this to make a point. I am fairly well traveled. I rely on those with skills far greater than mine to get me to the destinations I am passionate about visiting.

I will rely on the Master Keys  to provide a roadmap as I navigate my journey of discovery. The map is here. I am disciplined to do the work. I am excited.

Let the journey begin.

The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE It,

Janet

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