Went hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland today.
The trails were awesome–with amazing climbs and descents over and around rocks, trees, vines, and the natural vegetation.
This is a picture from the West View of the mountain, and what I liked about this photo is the story that it tells.
In it, you can see on the left, the rocks, which represent to me the obstacles in life to climb over, maneuver around, or even to push through–the last option is for the littler ones. 🙂
On the right, you can see the trees–areas for shade, rest, and sustenance on your road trip of life.
And in the center, in the distance, you can see the beautiful overlook view of where you are going–for miles around, there is heaven and earth and the meeting of the two.
There are shades of light and dark where you stand at the overlook, there bright times and dark–on the road–it is not all fun or all hard work, but it is a journey that combines the two.
I went with my wife and girls and together the trip–to overlook–was nicer and more peaceful, together.
I was happy going with them–yet, afterward, I was a little sad looking at some of the pictures, and thinking if only it could always be the way it is, right now.
But life keeps moving forward, through time and space, and what lies over those rocks and trees is but a glimpse of what truly lies ahead for each of us.
I love the peace of the moment, but the moment passes and the hike along the trail continues with more ascents and descents and around lots of curves.
I pray and hope for more beauty, health, sustenance, and peace–both along the way and at the end of the passage.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)