Why Do We Climb?

This is Digby Pancake. Do you ever have something you need to do and you don’t particularly want to do it? Like share a bite of your dinner?

Maybe that something you don’t want to do is a lot of work. Maybe it’s an assignment at your job or exercising.

Maybe you don’t want to climb up to that waterfall at the top of the mountain. Ok. That was me.

We’ve been relaxing at this campground for over a week.

I have found that the more you relax, the more you don’t want to do much of anything. The creek has been so relaxing. And so when the persons told me and Brickle that we were going to take a hike to a waterfall after lunch, I was hesitant. My butt liked to be planted so much I was hoping to sprout pancakes. If only that could happen…

 

But you can’t argue with the persons when they have their minds set on something. They told us if we made it to the waterfall, a treat or five would be possible. And I was definitely up to that.

But the more we climbed, the more I wondered if I had made the right decision. I was a bit tired. And those treats didn’t seem so important anymore. Brickle just wanted to get back to take a nap.

But the higher we went, I saw the waterfall in the distance. It was beautiful. I could hear it. And I could also taste it. I mean, the treats.

But when we got there, we realized we couldn’t get right up to the waterfall because the mountain was too slippery and too deep. It was too dangerous to take a chance, the persons said. And I wondered. Why did we climb all this way if what we wanted to do wasn’t possible?

Girl Person said that it doesn’t mean you’ve failed if your accomplishment isn’t fully realized. Because you can go thru life not trying and sprouting pancakes out of your butt. But would you be happy with that? Or would the accomplishment be that you tried in the first place?

We climb not to reach goals all of the time. We can’t be perfect. So don’t have a breakdown about it.

We climb to be good to ourselves. And perhaps, on our way up, we will see a viewpoint we didn’t expect around the corner.

We are on the road again today! It’s supposed to be bad weather. So stay tuned!

Digby Pancake

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The Little Horses

This is Peanut Butter Brickle. Individuals come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

No matter if you are a person or if you are a dog or if you are a cat or if you are even a horse. I know this is true. Now.

But you see, I didn’t always know about little horses and why they can be little. There are different reasons, you see.

I’ve mostly met big horses during my travels. Horses that I still consider close friends, even though we haven’t seen each other lately.

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Travel is one of my favorite things to do because not only do I learn about places, but I get to meet the ones that live there. Like the little horses here at camp.

I wasn’t looking to make new friends. The truth is, it’s hard to make friends and then have to leave them. I miss Jack the Kangaroo.

I really do. I really miss our conversations.

But I decided that I would be missing out on an important part of living if I didn’t allow my heart to feel. I would be missing out if I didn’t get to know others. And they would absolutely be missing out if they didn’t get to know me.

So when I saw the little horses in the field at camp just eating grass and being little horses, my heart felt a little flutter.

I knew I had to introduce myself. And even though they were eating, they stopped and acknowledged me and Digby. Even though Digby had breakfast on his mind. Never stand in the way of his breakfast. No matter what size you are.

I thought about the little horses later that night. I really hadn’t worried about their size at the time. In fact, I kinda forgot about it when I was talking to them. But I wondered how many others judged them on just their appearance. Did they have preconceived ideas and opinions about who they were as individuals based on appearance? I just don’t understand.

It’s ok to learn about others and their history and their lives. We do this by asking, by reading, by knowledge. It takes no knowledge for hate. And it’s quite lazy to be that way. Don’t you want to learn how to play the sweetest song of life?

That sweet song is love for everyone.

I’ll be getting to know the little horses more in the next few days. I don’t know much about little horses at all. But I do know we are going to be good friends.

And friends make life wonderful.

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