Posted by: wellness training services | August 3, 2012

Taking a Step – Journey Continues part 3

Taking a Step – Journey Continues part 3

Our last two Journey blogs dealt with parameters, proactive behaviours, and reading and interpret signposts along the way.

Today we will just carry on with the next Life Skill which is about to caution you about being too clever in life. In psychology, one of the valuable topics learned was what I call over/under.

LIFE SKILL #3 – Never over-estimate your ability to deal with a situation, nor underestimate the situation. To do this is at your parallel. Be wise and aware.

On our pilgrimage, we had all kinds of weather but for the most part the weather was not the best over the week and we learned that we could carry on in all kinds of weather. This ability came later on but on Day 1 of our hiking adventure, we were not impressed. Two hours after starting, we only walked 6 kilometers. Yah, right! Are you kidding me? Nevertheless, we just kept putting one foot in front of the other. By the time we arrived at our first passport stamping location called Neda, we felt concerned about our interest in completing the Camino and we were very very tired. Not only was this tiring but now we had to figure out how to contact our driver to come and pick us up. We didn’t have a cell phone, we couldn’t find any public phone booths and when we asked at a bar if we could make a call, they refused. We were so tired that we just wanted to cry and at this juncture, we had only walked 16 kilometers!

As in any journey, reflection is the key to self-discovery. In our materialistic, fast-paced world of business and drama, we often lack time for reflection. A pilgrimage is designed to do the opposite. To reflect on who you are and how you see yourself in the overall scheme of things. The difference between a long distance walk and a pilgrimage is defined by you. Every step taught me something about myself and became about endurance and commitment. This was a great surprise for me as I thought I knew myself. At one point, Bill, my husband, who I usually drag through things, became my coach. I wanted to quite at one point on Day 2 as we had too far to walk on that day having taken on the challenge of 22 kilometers. What were we thinking? I felt that I couldn’t go on and Bill kept me going.

Sometimes you need a little help to get you over hurtles. What kind of help have you drawn on in the past that has assisted you in jumping hurtles that seemed challenging? What worked? What didn’t work? What did you learn about yourself? We would love to hear from you and share your insights, experiences, and thoughts with others.

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility. The good news is that once you are awake, you can never go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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