“Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.” Mme Du Deffand
At times, as change is so slow to come, we find ourselves in need of a challenge to push our limits, to raise our spirits and fill us with hope, to lift us above the ashes. And so perhaps creating the challenge is what we are in need of. Creating the change…
On my fridge is a quote from an unknown author: “You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”
Around my home, and especially on the fridge which is covered with words of wisdom printed on simple magnets, are quotes of inspiration, little reminders for things too easy for me to forget. Like bravery, courage, and strength. I know these things are in me; they are in us all. But I get too comfortable, and forget to challenge the drive that has got us all where we are today.
Above me desk is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
That in mind, I head out today for a solitary pack trip. Alone. Not fully alone, of course. I will have my saddle horse and pack horse to help me, and for me to care for them. But it will be up to me, for four days, riding and camping in the back country and Wilderness.
As I prepare to head out this morning, I am grateful for my horses and the beautiful mountains around me in which I will be able to spend the next four days. More than anything however, I am grateful for my husband and son who allow me the time and space and understanding to follow my dreams…
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi