Once again I was watching a few episodes of Survivorman featuring Les Stroud, survival expert and videographer. In one episode he found himself stranded in the Costa Rican jungle and the other episode he was alone on a mountain summit in the Canadian Rockies.
Les struggled when he was in the dense jungle of Costa Rica or thick forest of the Canadian Rockies. He had to walk slowly and carefully so as not to twist an ankle, as well as to avoid harmful plants—those with thorns or ones that would cause a rash. Also, it was difficult for him to find and catch food. To top it all off, the canopy was so thick in both locations that rescue helicopters would not be able to spot him.
However, when he stayed close to either a river or the shoreline, he fared much better. Food was more plentiful, he was more likely to come across a small village or other people hunting, and the terrain was more open, which increased the chances of a rescue helicopter spotting him.
From time-to-time Les forayed into the jungle or the forest—for food, supplies, and even to see if he could find a road that would lead out—but he would stay within easy access to the shoreline or the river. He always knew that, if need be, he could go back to the river or the shoreline and stay put, waiting to be found; it was his safety net.
This got me thinking about traveling on the path to our dreams. It’s natural and normal that we’ll be traveling where we’ve never been before. Many times, though, others would have traveled similar paths and we can learn from their adventures and discoveries and successfully apply the lessons and insights to our own path.
There are times, though, that we’ll be totally alone. We’ll have to blaze the trail all by ourselves over shadowy and treacherous terrain. Fears and uncertainty can be calmed by having something reliable that you can depend upon. Having this can give you a feeling of security and that everything will work out just fine. In Les Stroud’s case it was staying close to a water source for food and to increase his chances of rescue.
In your case, the dependable go-to “thing” can be knowing you can ask for help from your favorite research librarian at your local library, conferring with a trusted friend or family member, or finding deep reserves of peace and wellbeing from your faith or personal philosophy.
Your homework today is to put your safety nets in place. Perhaps you find that inspirational works, such as Holy Books, and secular writings give you a feeling of peace and security in spite of the chaos surrounding you. You may know that you can always turn to a very close friend or family member for support and encouragement. Your safety net can be a favorite activity that makes you feel that “God is in His/Her Heaven and all is right with the world”.
You can do it!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,