I recently witnessed someone dear to me going through a particularly challenging ordeal. This person is extraordinary, emanating grace, strength, good cheer, and wisdom. Her support of others in their time of need numbers in the hundreds. It’s interesting that only one stepped up to check in with her during her great turmoil. I think it is because she is seen as strong.
I am sure as I have traveled my personal journey that I have witnessed this kind of behavior over and over again. There is something about folks looking at someone, seeing that person as strong, courageous, and determined that sends a message that is false. It seems people believe the strong one is beyond need, or perhaps that person is seen in a smoking mirror, someone who is held to a higher level and therefore certainly has no need of my support. How could I be of any comfort or use to the strong one?
When I was growing up in the fifties, there were a lot of sayings that had interesting meanings. A “cool cat” was someone who was a really hip person. To “burn rubber” meant to take off, usually in a car or hot rod, really, really fast. “Cool it” meant to take it easy, and if you were “frosted” it meant that you were really angry.
Another term, “making tracks” often meant an individual was on their way to a particular destination, quite likely in a hurry. Recently, I got another hit on what making tracks might mean.
I’m engaged with an organization that spends a significant amount of time showing folks how to get connected to the land. Sometimes this looks like learning primitive skills like friction fire making or shelter building. Other times it might look like hiking or snowshoeing. We have also put folks out on the land for several days at a time in a solo setting, allowing them to slo...