One day while hiking a volcano…

Overwhelmed

Sometimes life feels overwhelming.

Too much is happening. Not enough time is available to get everything done. The job is too large. The resources are too small. Not enough help is available. Too many people are involved.

If it’s not one thing it’s another, and you feel like you are underwater.

You’re left gasping for air.

Hiking a volcano

Years ago, while in college, Kia traveled to Guatemala for language school (her major was Spanish). I tagged along because it sounded like fun. The school was a few hours every weekday, with afternoons and weekends free. During this free time we would study and travel around the country.

image of volcano pacaya in antigua guatemala

Image courtesy of Flickr user Hanoi Mark

One of these trips was to an active volcano. It’s something you could never do in the States…crazy dangerous.

The view from the top of the volcano was amazing, but I almost never saw it. The initial hike was through a jungle path (easy enough), but once we broke out of the forest it got real. The best way to describe the final ascent to the volcano peak is walking through sand uphill for a thousand miles (okay, it felt like it).

I was 20 years old, and in the best shape of my life. I nearly quit half way up. Only two things pushed me forward.

  1. Our guide was an old man who looked about 80 years old. He beat everyone to the top…so he could smoke a cigarette. That is inspiration.
  2. One step after another.

One step at a time.

I battled through my fatigue to top the volcano by fighting my body step by step. I pushed to take one more step…then another step…and another.

It’s the same principle when life seems overwhelming. Just take the next step. Push yourself forward. If you wait to catch your breath or gain momentum, it will never happen. You’ll stop. It will be finished.

Take another step.

That’s my challenge for you today. Take the next step…just one more…and another.

One. Step. At. A. Time.

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