Do you want to go fishing with me?” Dan asked “it’s a mile hike to Wall lake and it’s beautiful!”
“Sure” I responded imagining myself typing on my laptop while Dan fished.
When we arrived at the parking lot for Wall Lake I pulled out my purse, my coat, a chair and my laptop computer tucked into my new yellow bag. One by one I hung straps over my head till I looked like a yellow Christmas Tree. “Ready!” I announced as our dog Divi danced around our feet.
Dan took one look at me and said “You’re not really going to carry a chair and take your lap top are you? You’ll regret it if you do. They are too heavy and awquard.”
“I can do it” I replied thinking that walking 1 mile was not going to be that hard. What Dan didn’t tell me is that the hike was actually 1.4 miles and included crossing a creek, climbing up rocks and forging over old river beds.
By the time I staggered onto the bank where Dan was serenely fishing I was ready to strangle him then head back home! Although the lake was like a mirror, the sun was just the right warmth and the sound of silence (broken only by Dan’s fishing bob plopping into the water) it still took me a while to enjoy it all.
What did I learn from my experience?
I learned to ask my husband to come clean and tell me correct distance and conditions of the hike BEFORE I embarked on the activity and BEFORE I carried my 10 lb. laptop up the mountain!
In addition to this, the analogy that settled in my mind was:
“Don’t climb life’s rocky trails trying to carry the weight of the past with you.” – Patricia Potts Family
I suppose to be a perfect analogy I would tell you that I left my laptop and chair near the lake. I didn’t, but I did give myself plenty of time to get back down!