The View from a Milestone

Yesterday ended with a passionate rant to myself, and to my closest friend, about needing help, not knowing how to ask for it, whom to ask, and what specifically I was asking for.  Then, before closing my eyes on the day, someone I had very much wanted to have on my team put her hand out to me. The help is subtle, but real, and it is an encouraging start. 

My birthday just past, and it was a significant number. I found myself sitting on a milestone, looking around. I was in beautiful country, and could clearly see the foothills and desert that I had traveled through, but I was still miles and mountains from the nearest highway. My inclination was to curl up in my tent and sleep, overwhelmed with the vast, unknown territory ahead.
 
I won’t do that. Or, maybe I will… but just long enough to rest, and build my strength to move on through the mountains to the road. I know that if I take one step at a time, I will bridge the distance.
 
I have amazing people cheering me on, and dropping by to walk with me a while. Sometimes, I wish someone could carry my pack for a bit, or add resources to my reserves, or give me a good map. Sometimes I wish someone would travel ahead of me to clear the path, and open doors. I have been knocking by myself, and sometimes I knock too softly.
 
A stranger approached me at the end of my birthday concert last week. She was a stranger, and was brought to the show by a friend. She had never heard of me, but she left that night as a true fan. My music had touched her deeply. She touched me deeply as well. She reminded me that I am on the right road.

It is a hard road to travel alone, but I won’t stop. One step at a time will get me there. I need to trust that, and to remember, that I have always loved the mountains. 

8 comments

  • Ale

    Ale Rome

    I love reflecting, deep thinking, imagining... and reading your blog makes me feel I'm doing it with a friend, together. Very nice, thank you for that, and go on, YOU are on the RIGHT road! all the best! :)

    I love reflecting, deep thinking, imagining... and reading your blog makes me feel I'm doing it with a friend, together. Very nice, thank you for that, and go on, YOU are on the RIGHT road! all the best! smile

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Thank you Ale. I appreciate that. Sometimes the road is overgrown and hard to see. I am glad to have you reflecting, deeply thinking and imagining along with me. That made me smile. your thoughts are good company. Thanks for commenting. 😊

    Thank you Ale. I appreciate that. Sometimes the road is overgrown and hard to see. I am glad to have you reflecting, deeply thinking and imagining along with me. That made me smile. your thoughts are good company. Thanks for commenting. 😊

  • Ale

    Ale Rome

    :-)

    :-)

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    :-)

    :-)

  • frank

    frank Philadelphia

    Denise, I have been on the wrong road all of my life no big deal ,how are you and happy belated birthday.

    Denise, I have been on the wrong road all of my life no big deal ,how are you and happy belated birthday.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Frank! I was just asking someone today if he knew how you were doing. Thanks for the birthday wish. I hope you find a road that feels right to you. I wish you all the best...

    Frank! I was just asking someone today if he knew how you were doing. Thanks for the birthday wish. I hope you find a road that feels right to you. I wish you all the best...

  • harry

    harry maine

    i love the picture you included with "View from a Milestone". i like the way some rocks appear to be resting vertically, others horizontally, and still others roundish and water warn. Unpredictable terrain. The stream seems to navigate a path thru it all arriving and departing in each moment. i love to creek walk. Not on the side; but bouncing down the rocks; navigating my own path thru it all, enjoying each decision of the unpredictable ride. I test the precarious looking rocks to see if they're stable enough to step on, but sometimes i have to take that leap of faith and trust the rock if i want to keep going down the river. i try not to think about reaching the end of the creek, for then i miss the magic of the moment.

    i love the picture you included with "View from a Milestone". i like the way some rocks appear to be resting vertically, others horizontally, and still others roundish and water warn. Unpredictable terrain. The stream seems to navigate a path thru it all arriving and departing in each moment. i love to creek walk. Not on the side; but bouncing down the rocks; navigating my own path thru it all, enjoying each decision of the unpredictable ride. I test the precarious looking rocks to see if they're stable enough to step on, but sometimes i have to take that leap of faith and trust the rock if i want to keep going down the river. i try not to think about reaching the end of the creek, for then i miss the magic of the moment.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    I like that image Harry! I can imagine you creek walking... I would like sitting on the rocks with my feet in the water. Thanks for liking the photo, and for commenting.

    I like that image Harry! I can imagine you creek walking... I would like sitting on the rocks with my feet in the water. Thanks for liking the photo, and for commenting.

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