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Friday, September 28, 2012

This trail is a long one, wide enough for a vehicle, but I don't drive it, I walk it so I can enjoy it more completely. I have begun to take my time to listen to the birds, and for the rustle in the brush that could lead me to a live armadillo rooting for food, or the cry of an eagle overhead. I couldn't hear those things from a car with an engine running. I have met with God here so many times in the touch of the breeze and the feel of the sun and shadows sliding over my skin, even in the rain that once drenched me and had me shivering and numb all the way back home.

There are hardships on this trail. The rocks and potholes could break an ankle or sprain a knee if I'm not careful, and if I touch the wrong bush I could get poison ivy. Copperheads and rattlesnakes have greeted me on this trail from time to time, and ticks and chiggers are vile and vicious creatures that frighten me more than the snakes because there are so many more of them. I carry protection against anyone who might be guarding their marijuana harvest or meth lab.

I learned long ago that enjoyment and suffering, laughter and tears are two parts of the same package. You can't feel joy quite so exquisitely unless you've felt its opposite. In our journey through life, we will hit the proverbial potholes and rocks--some of which are dangerous boulders that can knock us sideways: illness, the loss of a beloved, a church split, rebellious children, abusive people with power over us in our jobs and homes. The more deeply we delve into life, the more easily we can be wounded, but with those wounds, we grow.

At the end of the journey, as at the end of each hike I take, I believe what matters is not so much what happened to us during the journey, but the choices we made in response. Inevitably, those choices are what will determine what we become. What choices have you made lately, or what has happened to you that will have an impact on your choices?
Hannah Alexander  
posted at 12:34 PM  
  Comments (9)
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At 12:38 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I have recently made the choice to fight fear and write the book I wanted to write without a contract!

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

I got rid of two people mistreating me. It was really hard, ive always been the "sweet girl" and am pretty passive which can easily translate into doormat. I decided I needed to learn to value myself and just because a person was keeping in touch with me doesn't mean I had to keep them in life.

And I'm trying to face fear and go after some dreams, we'll see how it plays out!

At 2:31 PM, Blogger jel said...

ya got to watch out to if ya hear them Banjos playing, in the woods too! ;)

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm so glad you learned that lesson so young Tonya. Good for you!!

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Leanna Ellis said...

Great post! Kristin, I'm doing the same thing. Just turned in a book but am at loose ends, so am just going to forge ahead. And its scary!

At 12:58 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm so proud of you, Kris. Keep fighting back.

Definitely go after your dreams, Tonya, and don't let poisonous people into your life. When we do that, we might eventually become like them.

Jel, I'm not afraid of banjos! We're safer in the woods than we are on any city street.

Begin another book as soon as you're ready, Leanna. It keeps you from stressing over the wait for edits.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Jackie Smith said...

This is so inspiring and uplifting, Hannah! I live in an area like this and see things like you described! I am kinda "down" right now with health issues...your post brought me back up!
Jackie S.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger jel said...

that is true .

ya know me, just bee~n silly.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Jackie, I'm glad you were encouraged. I've fought forever the fact that we have to take the bad with the good, but when things are bad, I remind myself it won't always be so. Then I can wait for the good things to happen.

Yeah, Jel, I knew you're a tease. Keep it up ;-)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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