Over the weekend, we went to Harrisonburg, VA, to visit two of my daughters. We hiked 3 out of the 5 days we were there. All the hikes were so different, but it’s a beautiful time of the year to hike, especially with the leaves beginning to turn.

Hiking is great exercise that gets us out of the house, but hiking also teaches us a lot about ourselves. Unless you have hiked the trail before, you have no idea what you are about to encounter—it’s a take-it-as-it-comes kind of adventure. You figure it out along the way. You overcome all the challenges the mountain throws at you one at a time, and you keep going. At no point are you thinking about the whole hike, just the next few steps. Eventually, the hike is over, and you bathe in the pride of your achievement and what you just accomplished.

If we all had as much faith in ourselves in real life as we do on a hike, imagine what we would accomplish? Walking (somewhat) fearlessly into the forest we call life, knowing that whatever crosses our path, we will be able to figure it out and move on to the next challenge—one step at a time. The other option is to stay safely at home, but what’s the fun in that? What “mountain” have you been afraid of? Will you consider taking a hike up this mountain? One step at a time, there’s no rush. I can even go with you. I know you’d go with me. We can do this, you know that, right?

Let’s GO! WE GOT THIS!

BETH

Massanutten Ridge, VA
White Oak Canyon, Syria, VA
Not my favorite sign to encounter as I begin any hike!

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