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By Roxanne M.
I went hiking on our beautiful Superior Hiking Trail with my husband awhile ago. He is an experienced hiker and I am a novice. There were times I really struggled to keep up and he would have to stop and wait for me to catch up. There were times when it was a lot of uphill and rocky terrain. There were obstacles and twists in the path.
As I hiked along, I grew tired and had to overcome my desire to “keep up” with him. It was then I started to recognize my Higher Power was whispering recovery wisdom to me. My HP knows how much I love a good analogy! Stopping to make notes in my phone gave me both a pick me up and a needed break.
There are many connections between hiking and my recovery:
- I can only see as much of the trail as I can handle. If I saw the whole thing at once, I’d get overwhelmed or ahead of myself, or I might not even try.
- The forest is dense and it would be easy to get lost unless I stay on the trail. My program of recovery helps me stay on course through the twists and turns in life.
- I usually can’t see around the bends and rarely is there a bear waiting…it’s usually safe.
- It is always worth the work to get to the vista!
- Sometimes it is hard to see the path in front of me. Most of the trails have been walked by many others before me so I know it is doable…difficult but doable.
- Sometimes I need or want to repeat the same path again and again and I can always choose to go back the way I came if I am not ready.
- I can keep the focus on myself instead of worrying about what the other guy is doing.
- Experience counts on the trail so it helps to have a guide.
- Practice makes things easier and my skills will improve over time.
- It’s always surprising.
- I can use tools to help myself when the going gets tough.
- Stopping to look around once in awhile allows me to appreciate the view from where I am. I can give myself credit for what I have accomplished so far.
- I need to take it at my own pace and be patient with myself. When I think I am stuck, I can choose to stop and rest or to just take the next small step. Every tiny step gets me closer to that beautiful, new view!
- It’s about the journey as much as the destination.
- Sometimes I feel like I am alone on the trail and that’s okay. I will see others along the way in time.
- Hiking stretches muscles I didn’t even know I had. My recovery does that too. It can be painful and I can choose to push through the pain and keep going, knowing that next time it may hurt less as I get stronger and healthier.