The path ahead seems uncertain. I can see a few meters from where we are but beyond that a fog hangs over the mountain that is my future. Do I go ahead or go back? Maybe I don’t have what it takes to get there, maybe it’s too far. Maybe I bit off more than I can chew. I could have been home lying on the couch watching tv or reading a book. What if I fall, what if it is too far, what if what if. That was me this morning and part of the afternoon as Hubby and I climbed up and around Mt. Longonot as part of a group hike with Hike Nation (see the note below). Going around the top was the toughest part. The fog hang over the mountain and we couldn’t see beyond a few hundred meters. It got steep and as I crawled up on all fours I wondered whether to quit and just go back. I wasn’t alone. Two members of our group started to ask, “How much further, is the worst over? ” Going round was optional and we started to question the wisdom in taking up the challenge.
The mountain was shrouded in mystery by the fog. You never quite knew what lay ahead beyond the few hundred meters. I found myself comforted by that at some point. All I had to do was think about and conquer now and when I get to the next part do the same. I felt that if I did see what lay ahead I could possibly get discouraged. I kept telling myself to take one step at a time and focus on here and now. That got me through the whole hike. One step at a time. One meter at a time.
How often does that happen in life? You feel that it’s time to embrace something new, an opportunity opens up, a new relationship or a move beckons. Yet you feel a resistance, a fear to take a step out. A step out of your current known. Analysis of all the “dangers” paralyses you from taking any action. Your mind mostly conceives all the things that could go wrong. You even start to question the idea or opportunity and wonder if it was really for you or if you dreamed it up. You dare not hope lest you get disappointed. If only you knew the whole picture and could know how it would turn out before you set out on a path of no return. I and the type of person who like to know everything before I venture into anything. I used to go crazy when something messed with my plans because I liked the predictability of things and wanted to know the end from the beginning. Over the years I’ve loosened the obsessive grip as I’ve witnessed God unravel my lifemuch more beautifully than I could have done if He followed my plan. If we had the whole picture and knew the end from the beginning then there would be no adventure, no excitement, no surprises and very little learning. I think the not knowing helps us to utilize our faith more.
Stepping out isn’t easy for most of us. There is fear involved, doubt about your abilities or vision. But you know what they say “everything is impossible until you do it”. Then you feel that you can go a little further , do a little more than what you have been able to achieve. Go ahead and do it afraid because if you wait for the fear to dissipate before you do it you will probably never do it (whatever your “it” may be). You can never find the amazing future awaiting you if you stay in your comfort zone. Venture off into the unknown. It’s exciting and well worth it. Growth awaits you. Don’t trade adventure for the safe and comfy.
PS. In case you want to get out more and see the outdoors while you hike through this beautiful country of ours Kenya be sure to check out www.explorenation.com