Those Who Smooth Our Paths

posted by Sharon July 10, 2012 17 Comments
Mission Trails

Sometimes when we are exploring out in nature we will find places where people have provided some help for us. A few unobtrusive steps, for example, on the path that winds upward.

Even those of us who are not as surefooted as mountain goats can gain elevation without slipping.

We can reach new heights from which to view the creation below. The ribbon of road looks far away; we’ve come a distance up already.

Looking ahead, we see that we still have a ways to go to the top, though, and it’s steep.

We may feel so small among the rocks of life.

Just knowing someone came ahead of you to help you lift your foot higher — isn’t that encouraging?

It doesn’t matter whether the steps are fashioned of wood or rock.

What counts is that you are able to continue safely on your way.

Who has climbed the path ahead of you and taken the time to leave helpful “steps”? Who has left markers to follow?

For me, at the top of my list are my mom and dad. And my college piano teacher, who provided daunting challenges and believed in me so strongly that I didn’t even know I should be afraid. How about you?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday, Community Global, and Texture Tuesdays. Photos were processed using Kim Klassen’s textures Felicity, Autumn Burst, Let Go, and Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments

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PrairieJill July 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

What a beautiful place! Lovely images.

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Sivinden July 10, 2012 at 5:41 am

A wonderful post!

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Pieni lintu July 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Beautiful!! <3

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Molly July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Lovely thoughtful piece and for me it is my husband who sits beside me every day leaving a trail of love and encouragement for me to live from.

Mollyxxx

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin July 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

Such a wonderful post! I would love to hike there!

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Sommerfugl Design / Desirae R July 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

I think different parts of ‘my’ path has had those who have set down some steps.

Your post are always so thoughtful and well written. I really enjoy them.

Thank you for the time you spend on them.

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Mama Zen July 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Just gorgeous!

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Barbara Pagnotti July 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Not only are your images beautiful, but your words touched my heart. Thanks for sharing!

Peace!

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Pat July 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Beautifully written and photographed!

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Danielle July 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I love the first shot. It makes way for lots of introspection.

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Gina July 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

What a great adventure with fantastic views!

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jeanne stone July 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Really love your photos, and have to admit that i am partial to anything showing a pathway. Lovely

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kimBinAK July 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Wonderful images and great take on this week’s challenge 🙂 Loved the hills and boulders against the deep blue sky.

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Curt July 11, 2012 at 3:25 am

I enjoyed that hike with you!

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Mariane (From Denmark) July 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love to see your pictures and reading your words – it is kind of a challenge to find out who have been there first and done this to help others? – Indeed it is beautiful – Great photos!!!

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Linda Kittmer July 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

What an incredible trail. Your fabulous photos make me want to get my hiking shoes on and hit the trail!

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ZielonaMila July 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Beautiful photographs, I like to visit such fantastic places. I am greeting

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