This is about nipping potential disappointment in the bum and creating a day that meets all the criteria for a great ending.
Last week my friend and I planned our Saturday perfectly! Or so we thought. We’d leave LA by 6 AM, be at the foot of the trail by 9:30 AM, and just snowshoe till it was time to turn around. She even made calls to ensure we had the correct permits, and make certain the weather was decent for the adventure we had planned.
When we got the ranger station they informed us the road was closed four miles from the trail head, well, we could drive past the closure, but the risk of anything happening falls on our shoulders. We drove a mile past where the road was closed and realized, that we could make it to the trail head, but with the sun disappearing behind the mountains the drive down was going to be pure ice, not something I really want to deal with while being exhausted from a hike. We decided to turn around, needless to say, my friend was visibly upset by her well made plans not happening according to the agenda.
We returned to the ranger station and found an alternate trail called “The Ashram” outside of Lone Pine, California. Unfortunately, having started our hike late in the day, we were unable to reach the destination, but the day still ended with us smiling, stating our excitement about returning to this spot to reach “The Ashram”.
This is where the lesson started for me…
The question that entered my mind was: How often does this sort of thing happen? And not just with a hike, but with everyday events? I forgot to put my gym shoes in my bag, I don’t have a towel, I forgot to pack my lunch… Each one of these scenarios can leave me feeling frustrated, confused, disappointed, discouraged, and wanting to pack it up and go home! Have you ever found your self in this situation? Did you pack it up and go home, OR persevere so the day ended with a smile?
From this experience I learned that when frustration sets in, take a step back, breath, and look at the situation from the outside. What did we set out to accomplish? What got in the way? If we alter our already “messed up” plans? Can we still accomplish what we set out to do? The answer is yes, we can!
Where have you persevered from frustration to glee? Could you do it again? How did you do it?