Stana and Adrianna are co-workers who get together to have adventures! Stana originally encouraged Adrianna to join her in hiking, and while the pair had made many hikes together, this was the first time Adrianna had been up to this hiking trail and I ran into them where I usually stop to think and write.
I’d gone up that day to see if my encouraging double lucky prayer rocks were still there. (For details see the “double lucky” video in my blue mood post).
And I was double lucky, because my encouraging rocks were still there after several days and I got to spend time on the trail with Adrianna and Stana. Adrianna had great tales about recently going snowboarding for the first time. She didn’t let her age, her fear or anything else stop her and she’d had an absolute blast! We all agreed that our adventures add greatly to our lives and I left them pondering Adrianna’s bravery, Stana’s encouragement, and remembering another adventurer I’d met on this journey.
I’d first placed my encouraging prayer rocks in pursuit of getting out of my mire of self-pity. Thinking that I’d been too isolated and wanting to connect better with people, I promised myself I’d encourage every single person I met on the trail – even if it was just acknowledging them with a friendly smile. It was amazing! Every person, many who’d I’d seen before, but had never spoken to, stopped to say hello and share their experiences. Annie Laurie was the first.
She lives in a small picturesque town nearby and her husband lives clear across the country! They maintain both houses and it works for them. She is truly a wonderful lady and we laughed about being “pole” sisters because we both use hiking poles.
Since that day, I have made real efforts to smile, say hello, or otherwise connect with my fellow traveler. It isn’t always easy, since I often have the urge to keep my head down and my earbuds in.
I’m hoping to connect with you too, so please share anything that strikes you about today’s adventure, even if it’s just a “Hello”. Questions to ponder. Are you typically a greeter or a passer? What types of co-adventurers have you crossed paths with lately?