As a kid, I often created plans in my head, honed down to the finest details.
The world doesn’t usually spin according to the perfect images in our heads. The slightest deviation from my intended outcome would throw me into a tizzy. It would take buckets of frustration tears before I could step forward along the path of reality.
My son on the autism spectrum can’t express this verbally, but his behavior reflects the same pattern when things don’t go as he imagined.
Whether a small scale plan (an activity for the day), or a large scale plan (one’s personal life and career), obstacles appear unexpectedly. The weather changes. Support systems change. Our own capacities change.
Stomping our feet in frustration in the same spot immobilizes us, physically and emotionally.
Moving forward on the logical path in view extracts us from the dark-place emotional mud pit. What initially feels like failure is usually an opportunity to learn and grow.
This week’s Hike Notes, San Bruno Mountain - Ridge Trail, introduces the highest trail on San Bruno Mountain. (See San Bruno Mountain - Saddle Trail for another hike in this area.) The clear cut paths on this high ridge make it easy to keep putting one foot forward.
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Hike Notes 79: San Bruno Mountain - Ridge Trail
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