It was a hot, hot Sunday this past Sunday, so I thought I’d share with you a little gluten free summer BBQ.
You will heal. I will help.
What goes down must come up.
When you hike the Grand Canyon, you go down to climb back up. This is different from most hikes I’ve been on, where you climb up and then get your “break” as you finish going back down.
On your way down the Canyon, it all seemed so easy. I made note that people traveling down with us were chatty, smiling and feeling excited to be there. As we passed those who were on the trek back up, I made note that the tone changed; less talking, more sweating, solitary faces and a lot of huffing and puffing.
Like usual, I realize so many things about life while I’m active, surrounded by nature and left with nothing but the sound of my inner thoughts.
During the hike, I made a careful observation of life that what goes down must come up.
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You see, in life, we always think that when we’re on a downward spiral, life is at its worst and is uncontrollable. Down equals the deepest and darkest; a difficult time.
That is accurate.
But I’d argue now that climbing back up is even more difficult.
The real challenge in life is not how far you’ve fallen or the hurt and pain (physical and emotional) you acquire once you’ve taken that fall.
No, the real challenge is getting back up, climbing and overcoming. Each step might bring blood, sweat, and tears, but without taking them you’ll never get out of your internal Grand Canyon.
That day at the Grand Canyon, I didn’t measure my success on falling 1,000+ feet. I measured it by climbing those same 1,000+ feet.
Currently, in both my personal and professional life, I’m working my way back up and remembering always that what goes down, must come up.
p.s. About 5 years after I wrote this post…..Sourest Lemon.
I eat a lot of boring foods. Boring is subjective, but by Western culture definition, I eat very plain and boring. I don’t classify my Mushroom and Spinach Turkey Burgers in that category, though.
That said, this “boring” way of eating has helped me heal in a thousand ways.
My boring foods might be boring on their own, but the way I put them together is delish.
The best example I can (currently) give is turkey. I eat a ton of it, but I make it colorful daily so that it’s never too plain and boring.
Turkey is nothing to write home about.
No one eats turkey plain ole Jane and raves, “Best thing I’ve ever eaten!” Am I right?!
I eat a ton of it. They have ground, organic turkey now at Costco, and that works for us.
But rarely do I eat it as is. I make it colorful daily and dress it up in different ways so that it’s never too plain and boring.
Take these Mushroom and Spinach Turkey Burgers, for example. They are filled with flavor, and if you love turkey, you must try them to spice up the turkey life.
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