First it is Impossible, then it is Difficult, then it is Done. – Hudson Taylor
Have you ever done the hike by Fanny Bay called Rosewall Creek Provisional Park?
I did this hike with my family a few weeks ago for the first time. When it’s your first time it’s a little tricky to find the right trail to follow, the trail we were looking for leads to a beautiful waterfall. Once the right trail is found there are places where logs have fallen, and you question whether you’re going the right way. It was a relief to pass a few people along the trail that assured us we are going the right way and they even gave us an idea of how much longer the road ahead of us would take.
So much in this life feels uncertain. The trail in life has obstacles to navigate and spots that appear as though no one in their right mind would go that way, and yet that is often the best way to get us where we want to be. Nelson Mandela said; “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one finds many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my walk is not yet ended.”
As Pregnancy Centre staff we live out of our own personal stories and the stories our clients have shared with us. Stories that allow others to benefit from our mistakes and victories. Stories that strengthen and acknowledge humanity in all of its vulnerability and determination to overcome. Women and families overcome obstacles every day and we have the opportunity to support and cheer them on.
Some things in life take planning and every ounce of energy we can find to finish the race and other things we stumble and end up somewhere good. I have personally experienced both in my life time. Both are rewarding.
I want to say thank you to all of you who support those of us working on the front lines. Some of you point us in the right direction down the trail that reaps beautiful rewards. Some of you have gone ahead of us and say; “you’re going the right way, keep going, you only have 500 meters left to go!” Some of you move logs and supply water and food to make our journey easier. This is the picture of community working at its best.
Thank you Comox Valley, you so often leave me in awe. Thank you to our Clients who continue to inspire us as they overcome trials. Thank you to our Partners for carrying us when we’re weary. I can’t think of a more worthy investment of our time and money than women and families.
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