I took a little detour to see this waterfall. Totally worth it, amazing, beautiful, majestic.
Now, if I had been really smart, I would have taken my pack off prior to my little detour, as I was going to have to get back on the trail anyway. But I wasn’t really smart, I was really distracted by the sound of the waterfall and my deep desire to see the waterfall.
After the waterfall detour, I was thinking about my needs. I was thinking how, if others had been there instead of me being on my own, I might have passed that spot without stopping so I could stay with the those with me. I might have swept my own needs aside to fulfil the needs of others.
But, you know what, I don’t automatically need to do that. No one would have held me back, no one would have told me I should stay with everyone. I could stop, see what I wanted to see, and catch up down the trail.....or, you know, ask my people if they wanted to stop and enjoy the majesty of that waterfall.
I was thinking as I was walking, life doesn’t always have to be an either/or. I don’t think we always need to choose. There’s a way we can have a both/and situation in our lives. We can acknowledge our needs, acknowledge the needs of those around us, and fulfill both. Perhaps not all the time, but maybe more often than we think.
We can stop and see that waterfall.
May we, this week, see both the needs of ourselves and the needs of those around us as valid and worthy, and recognize we don’t always have to choose between them.
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friends, I am so very thankful for you!