This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Have you ever felt lost? Have you ever been lost?
As we were walking in the forest here at Cedars Of Lebanon State Park, we followed the path of many trails.
There are lots of trails here to choose from. So many in fact, it’s important that you watch the signs and take notice of the colors that have been painted on the trees. Each trail has a different color. So if you lose your way, you can look for the colors. But what happens if you can’t actually find the colors on the trees? Then what?
That’s what happened to us yesterday. We got off the trail to take a picture, and when we went to continue to our hike, we couldn’t tell where we were or where the trail started. Everything looked the same.
That’s when Girl Person said we needed to take a breath and just sit still for a moment and think. There are a lot of sinkholes around here too. And you have to be more than careful. If you fall, you are gonna be stuck down there for awhile. And if you’re like Girl Person, you may have forgotten to charge your phone.
But once we sat there for a moment, and stopped worrying that we were lost, we looked up. We looked around. We were all alone except for the trees and the forest. We were able to hear ourselves breathe. The sky seemed bluer. The forest seemed more alive. Everything was vivid and real. And we knew that even though we were lost, we had found a bit of peace. And we were happy to be lost.
Even though being lost made us feel more alive and grateful, we knew we couldn’t stay lost forever. We had breakfast to eat. So we concentrated. It seemed we were better able to do that once we had regrouped. And we finally found our way again.
Yes. We had lost time, and breakfast was a bit later. But we weren’t sorry about it. Being lost may seem like a mistake sometimes. Just like when we feel lost in life. The persons have been feeling like that lately. Very lost. So lost that they find it impossible to get back on track. Have you ever felt like that?
Life has a way of twisting and turning and leading us on paths we don’t want to be on. Sometimes we do get lost and we can’t find our way. We all have those times.
Don’t feel you are alone. What can lead you back to where you truly want to go? You only know that. So stop. Get lost so you can find your way again.
It may be scary and hard. It may cause you to doubt your strength. But you have it. We all do. Find it.
–Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle