As I write I am at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) waiting for my flight home. The tiniest car in California has been turned back to its owner and I am sitting at the gate, 6 hours in the air, plus a 2 hour layover in Vegas, and I'll be home.
Ahh, 2 hours in Vegas. Nothing wrong can happen there, right?
Last day in the Bay Area was unforgettable. Went to Muir Woods National Monument, which is a terrific park containing sequoias and giant redwood trees. I took a ton of pictures, and I will cull down the best and share in a future post.
On the way out though, I did see this acknowledgement of the family of Compass Guy.
About 1/3 of the way into Muir Woods, I took a trail along a hillside. The trail was at the most 3 feet wide and pretty soon I found myself about 60 feet above the floor. A steep 60 feet. And I'm afraid of heights. And there was no guardrail.
And so I didn't look down. I went straight ahead and went forward, step by determined step. And I took the time to stop, look around me, admire the beauty, and take a picture or two. Kind of a metaphor there.
But the greatest gift I received was at one point I stopped, looked around, and heard.... silence. Everything was beyond still. Beyond quiet. It was total peace and serenity, and it put me exactly in the state of mind I need. And I bottled that and captured it and when I find myself challenged, I will do my best to remember that exact sensation.
I am certain that I will fall short, because I'm human. But the feeling I felt yesterday, I felt most intensely in those woods. But I have felt it before. It was a sensation that originates from within and reverberates and reflects to the outside. It was exactly what I was looking for and exactly what I needed.
And so now I understand why I felt directed to take this trip at this time. And I return to face what endings and beginnings bring. They both bring opportunity.
I leave you now, gentle readers, with advice from a redwood:
- Stand tall and proud
- Sink your roots into the earth
- Be content with your natural beauty
- Go out on a limb
- Drink plenty of water
- Remember your roots
- Enjoy the view!
See y'all back home. And let's be careful out there.