Around the Corner
Just when life looks calm, things can blow up unexpectedly. We might experience a personal loss of a loved one or job. We may struggle on a global scale with a pandemic or social turmoil. We might be hit on both levels simultaneously.
Yet when life feels like a series of disasters with no bright spots in view, something uplifting appears around the next corner.
Families with members on the autism spectrum deal with unpredictability on a day to day, if not minute to minute basis. Ranging from the sudden onset of seizures for some, to more mundane issues like all the shampoo, toilet paper, and toothbrushes disappearing from the bathroom to be systematically arranged in another part of the house, “bad surprises” can be life threatening or just aggravating.
On the flip side, hearing a new word, or receiving a smile with eye contact and a hug can be joyful surprises.
Though “expecting the unexpected” doesn’t make hard times easier, remembering that good things might be around the corner helps us carry on.
Appreciate unanticipated good fortune and kindness. Gratitude is a surprising salve for anxiety.
Keep putting one foot forward.
This week’s Hike Notes bring readers to the Lyon Street Steps – San Francisco Stair Walk, one of San Francisco’s many stunning stairway walks that offer both stunning views and a good cardio workout.
The long list of Hikes can be found on the Quick View Hike List and on the main Hikes page. All past Insights posts can also be viewed in the Insights/Hike Update News archives.
Check the Home page for the broader background story. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photo galleries at the bottom of each hike page! Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections. Please feel free to share.
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Hike Notes 109: Lyon Street Steps – San Francisco Stair Walk
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.