"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fifth Life Lesson I Learned While Hiking

During a four-mile hike near Hana, Maui, hiking differently than I had in the past, I learned some life lessons. This is what I learned.

To Fully Appreciate Everything Was Impossible

As I sat gazing at the waterfall, I did my best to appreciate it to the fullest. This was futile. For one, I couldn’t capture the entire setting in one glance, and even what my focus and peripheral vision displayed was too large. I closed my eyes and was able to appreciate the sound of the water cascading down the mountain, but when I opened my eyes, the scene was too magnificent. As I continued my hardest to appreciate the end of the hike to the fullest, I focused intently on little things. I tried looking solely at the top of the fall, a small area of the mountain, or a single plant surrounded by thousands more; and in doing this I was more successful to greater appreciate and experience. Giving up my attempt to marvel at the wonder of the entire setting and concentrating on smaller areas enabled me to appreciate what I seeing much more, in turn, enabling me to greater appreciate it’s entirety as well.

It would be easier to fully appreciate the beauty of a blade of grass than an entire field. Of course, this is just my opinion, but to get the most out of what we see, what we do, feel, and experience, I believe we can be more rewarded by concentrating on less. With all that’s available these days, how can we fully appreciate anything? If you had no other form of entertainment other than one harmonica, I’ll bet you would be great at the harmonica and be able to play a thousand songs. If there was one painting in the world, how magnificent would that masterpiece appear, rather than just one out of thousands lining some mega museum? If we had one book, one talent, one ability, one game- how much more would we get out of these things? In a world so large, with so much going on, how can appreciate anything without taking the time to concentrate on one thing at a time? And if we are to concentrate on just one thing, what’s truly worth that time and focus?

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