The view from the top was something, clouds parted, sun in the valley, so worth it after a snowy hike. But...boring. I’m bored. Who cares. It’s just the tiniest slice of reality. We make too much of the views from the top. Those views, those moments, are majestic, expansive, beautiful, rainbows we behold, but gone in an instant. .
We are not meant to stay in them. Most of life is cycles — contraction, expansion, death, rebirth, initiation, completion, and so on. We make it to the top, the wheel keeps moving, and we naturally go back down again. We integrate, we appreciate and then, back into the darkness and the questions marks and the wtfs and the dark-ass dense woods with no sunbeams for days. Back into the mess. Back into the not knowing what’s happening next, how it’s all going to shape up, what’s going to come through. .
Most of life is this photo — diligent, consistent, keeping going through the darkness and the woods. No perspective, no idea where the path is heading. One foot after the other, watching our footing, path visible for no more than 20 feet. Just, patience, work, continuing, not knowing how long it’ll take. .
If this is where you are, it’s ok. If this is where you are, in the darkness, no idea what’s what, you’re in the right place. You’re in the cycle. You’re minding your path. You’re putting one foot in front the other in faith that it’s the process of healing, loving, grieving, creating, being. Whatever it is, I know I don’t know you and you don’t know me so how can I say this but I’m still going to say it — You Are Doing It Perfectly. You Are, in fact, Already In the Exact Right Perfect Place. Please, notice where you are, and keep going, because the next time you check in, who knows — you might be standing at the top, already having forgotten how you got there. .
Let’s breathe together Tues 11/20 at @maharosenyc : perfect for the in-betweensies, the unknown, the “I don’t know how this shitty hard thing is ever going to shift or heal or loosen its grip”s. Link in profile. See you there.
My first snow hike ever that was unintentional and filled with some of the best memories with a best friend. We had plenty of layers, gloves,poles.. not tracks for our boots. But we DID IT while thinking I was going to freeze to death. So here’s my huge grin after the scramble!🌅🌄⛰🌲😁 .
. 📸 @nwtorrey
Most years I fall into the winter doldrums pretty early, as soon as the ❄️ hits the ground. If you are the same way I can promise you that getting out, putting your feet on the ground, and embracing winter makes a monumental difference. Getting outside this season has completely turned it around for me and it can for you too! Join me outside! #trektraining#tuesdaytip