“There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.” – Alex Lowe

One of my passions is hiking. Hiking is a metaphor for my life. Smooth steps then rocks and holes … then smooth steps again … then roots and twigs … and on and on and on. Along the way I’m given gifts of beautiful vistas and deep, quiet moments of reflection … and occasionally a peaceful deer or a feisty turkey crosses my path.

As I hiked this past weekend I reflected. I saw through clearer eyes that my life journey is two dimensional. That my journey involves both transition AND transformation. Transition being movement from one context or paradigm to another, usually via a moment-to-moment set of steps or through falling off a cliff. Transformation being changing, becoming something new and fresh deep inside me usually via some fundamental shift in awareness. While reflecting I saw both being part of the dance of life … both being part of my journey as I move into whatever awaits me. I saw that both are needed to evolve, grow, and discover yet more transition and transformation.

It’s not just changing … it’s how I internalize it … integrate it … own it and use it to become yet a new, fresh iteration of myself. Seeing my journey in this new way gave my hike even richer meaning … my “hike of life” …

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