“Deep breath and don’t look down,” I counseled myself with frozen fingers cemented to the bolted chains, as my shoes slipped beneath me on the icy cliff face. I wished for the hundredth time that day that I had brought my microspikes. It also wasn’t the first time during my December summit up Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, that I wondered if this was a good idea. (more…)
One of my children is notoriously harder for me than my other children. On my good, grounded, calm days, I remind myself that she is the child with the most to teach me. I wish I had more good, calm, grounded days.
Today happens to be one of those good days. So I want to put thoughts to paper on something important my seven-year-old daughter is teaching me.
As I start to write this, I can hear my family, downstairs, watching Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. I can hear the iconic soundtrack filtering up to where I am writing. I imagine when I simply said, “iconic soundtrack” you started hearing it in your head too. And maybe like me you notice yourself smiling with associated positive memories of this epic saga.
- What a year. I have never lived through a year like this one. Events of 2020 include, but are not limited to: The Global Covid-19 pandemic that has struck over 41 million worldwide and killed over a million people, including killing 223,000 US citizens to date; unemployment rates in the US that exceed those in the Great Depression; social isolation and disconnection; earthquakes; murder hornets; Australian wildfires that burned 26 million acres of land, killing a billion animals and displacing nearly 90,000 people; locust plague in Africa threatening crops that feed millions of people; the killing of George Floyd among other POCs at the hands of police; violent protests and political unrest; the largest wildfire season in California’s history, burning over 5 million acres of land; one of the worst hurricane seasons on record…need I go on?
I did something last week that felt really big to me. It may sound like a simple, small, or even a silly thing to you when I tell you what I did. But for me it was momentous and empowering. (more…)