I began this year with a walk.
I had walked around this lake many times, but this time was different.
It was cold. The wind raw.
Not my typical walking weather.
I bundle up in layers of protection and begin.
A wind gust stings my face and I think of January of 2016 when my dog, Yogee, passed. Like the wind, the memory stings my heart. I draw my scarf tighter around my neck and dig deeper to pull warm memories of her around me. Happy memories of her.
I turn a corner and remember March, when a new joy filled my heart. I named this fur child, Gracie. I smile at the way she has added love, energy and, yes, Grace to my life.
A sequence of three planes fly over me. I look at them remembering all of the flights I have been on, the trips I have taken, and the adventures I have enjoyed in life.
Couples walk by and I think of the paths I have walked. Sometimes with a partner holding my hand keeping me stable, safe and secure. Sometimes alone struggling to see the road ahead. Equally teaching me and taking me to my next destination in life.
Cars rush by on one side of the lake and I feel the rush of my life. How I have pushed through spaces in such a hurry to move on… missing the little things, the important things, the meaning of things.
I hear a squeal and turn to see children running across the frozen lake, their dog chasing them in a game of frozen slip and slide. I reach for my heart fearing the thickness of the ice may not be strong enough to hold them. Then I see myself, ice skates on racing across the ice, circling my brother as he ice fishes and my dog running close behind. I feel the pain of the times I fell, laughed and bounced back up.
When did I grow up?
When did I become afraid?
When did I learn fear?
When did I stop enjoying the game?
Halfway around the lake the bitter wind makes me want to turn back. The distance ahead is shorter. I’ve seen what is behind me. My only choice is forward.
And then I stop.
The sun is reflecting off the lake and shining in my eyes. The frozen water dances like glitter and warms me. I close my eyes and remember my times being at the ocean, watching the sun shimmer across the waves. To me each sparkle from the reflection is a person who was here and gone….jumping and shouting at me,
“love this time, enjoy this life and even though you can’t see us we are still here!”
I feel them with me as I push forward.
Coming to the end of my circle I reach a bridge. Stepping on its wooden frame I see the bridges I have crossed when life gave me no other choice than to jump the gap below. I see the bridges I have burned and the ones that have burned me. I am silently thankful for being brave enough to cross all of them.
January 1st is no different than December 31st or any other day. Sunrise to sunrise the days blur.
The years pass.
The walk continues.
It isn’t the turning of the calendar page – its memories that turn time. It’s how we loved and how we were loved. It’s the hearts that met ours to create the scenery in our journey.
Geese fly over sounding their horns of celebration. Celebration of joy, of love, of life.
I began this year with a walk.
t was cold. The wind raw.
I bundle up in layers of protection and continue.
Pennie’s Life Lesson:
“Be grateful for this walk you take through life. Enjoy every fall, every bridge, and every step.”
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My intent in sharing this with you is to encourage you to experience this walk we take through life. Be grateful for all the paths, the falls and the steps forward.
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