Most of the hikers in my neighborhood are gone now. The popular trail to the Devil's Punchbowl remains closed. The other day, one of my tennis buddies introduced me to a hidden trail we traversed with my daughter. It was a four hour journey in a pristine area of the Cleveland National Forest.
I used the hiking time to clear my head and think of the possibilities ahead for 2012. Then it hit me. I realized most of the people in my neighborhood stopped hiking because the Forest Service closed the most popular trail in San Diego County. They gave up. They retreated to their homes and missed opportunities to find new trails and new adventures. I don't need to "prepare" for a new year. All I need to do is be in the moment.
The other hikers checked out the inside of the cave while I savored
the view on the outside. Then I made a decision about the new year. I
promised myself I will seek out new trails and new adventures. I will
live each day as if it's my last. I will spend time with nature and
appreciate every moment I have with my family and friends. And I will
help others to discover how wonderful life can be when you choose to
leave the cave and go out into the world. I will fill my life's photo album
with pictures like the one I captured below on a special day with my
daughter and good friends...