Most Amazing Expedition! - Part 2

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
                Miriam Beard
Last Saturday I went for what I originally thought would be a nice, easy, walk up the mountain to take a few pictures. It ended up being a 4 hour reflection on life, or, more specifically, a reflection on my life the past few years. I never plan these things. They just happen. The end result of my walk/hike was that I no longer have any doubts about receiving what I want and need when the time is right. I am quite sure that I have figured this all out and I will be writing a "How-To" manual and doing seminars on helping others come to the same realization.
Why am I the "lucky" one who gets to do this? Why even ask. Just accept that fact and believe that the Universe will make sure that I don't screw up. Mankind is ready for this next leap in evolution. I know that I am not alone in believing  all this stuff that I am writing about because I have met so many people along my Journey who have the same feelings about these things.
Just like the trail I climbed, there are those who came before me to lay down the path to follow. Mohammed, Buddha, Christ, the Lao-Tzu, and many others. Each piece of the puzzle is before us. All we need to do is stop and take a look at the big picture. Take a look at history and know that it all served its purpose. That everything happened for a reason to get us to where we are in the present and that the present will bring us into the future. History does repeat itself. Leaps in evolution have occurred in the past. It is happening again.
I climbed a mountain knowing all too well that once I arrived at the top that there would be no beautiful view of the valley down below. A climb that I did, also knowing that I was not prepared. I did not have the right "tools' to be doing this climb in the weather that I had. It would be a difficult climb even in perfect weather. But I did it anyway. As in life, we must take a leap of faith that even though we may not have the right "tools" with us that the Universe will ensure that everything happens as it should and will be there to help you along when needed.
I arrived at the summit after ascending the most difficult part of the trail. As in life, the most difficult part of our Journey is usually at the end before we get our rewards. Just because I couldn't see the amazing view of the valley below didn't mean that it wasn't there. How often in life do we not see what amazing things lay ahead? We are often too busy seeing the clouds and worrying about the little things that we forget to look at the big picture. We often quit too soon because we can't see what lays ahead and we end up missing the best things in life.
On the way down I noticed a second set of footprints. Someone was following me up. I had concerns going up because I could have slipped and fallen. With the miserable weather the odds of someone else having decided to do this climb this morning were low. I could have been stranded for a long while if I had hurt myself. I need not have worried. In life we need not worry either. There will always be an "angel" looking out for us. The Universe ensures that the "right" people come into our lives when we most need them.
I am reminded of the poem, "Footsteps in the Sand" about "God" carrying us through our most difficult times. I also read a different poem about "God" always walking beside us, as a friend, hand in hand, through life. I believe that God, What? Is!, the Universe, and so on, walks beside us throughout life, always there for our Journey, he/she/it is also in front of us leading the way and also behind us, ready to pick us up when we stumble. The most difficult part of all this is knowing when "What? Is!" is carrying us, showing us the way, walking hand in hand with us,   or when he/she/it is behind us ready to give us a push or rush up to give us a hand.
I did reflect on life, and my life, for 4 hours and so cannot relate all that I thought about on that "Expedition" up and down the mountain. The final two situations I must relate are; 1-falling flat on my ass in the mud and; 2-arriving back in town looking like some hobo having slept in a ditch. Life does that to you. You're going blissfully through life and something unexpected happens that shakes your faith in life. You have two choices. Get back up and act as though nothing happened or let the "unexpected" event ruin the rest of your day, week, month or however length of time that event stays in your mind. Yes, we do create our lives with our thoughts.
I walked through town with my coat and backpack full of mud. I did meet some people I knew and was given some quizzical looks. Did I owe them an explanation? No. Should I have worried about what they thought of me? No. Events happen in our lives that are just that, events in our lives. They have happened for a reason. I wrote some outrageous things in my Journey blog. It served its purpose. I wouldn't be writing what I'm currently writing otherwise. I'd be playing it safe because I was often afraid of what others would think. I really believe in what I am doing now. That is all that matters.
There you have my Coles notes version of my Amazing Expedition. This entry and the whole Expedition blog are a very brief summary of the reason I had to go to Europe for 2 months and Experience life on a motorcycle. I had to do this Expedition so that I would receive the information I required to write my second book. I couldn't have done it by staying at home.
I've included pictures of my last day in Europe. I rented a scooter and took a ride to the Trümmelbach waterfalls. The weather was amazing.
This is the end of my Expedition blog. From this point on you'll have to check out my blog on my website for further insights into what is happening in my life and where I am with getting my books written and published.
Think It! Feel It! Live It!
PS. Thanks to everyone who has been following along on my Expedition. I really appreciate all of you!

I bid you all adieu!
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Welcome Home :)
It is good to have you back - can't wait to read what you write!

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