Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Let it Be"

Just this very morning, moments ago, I finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
Several friends had said it was good, but for some reason I wasn't ready for it.
This year my word is "grateful" and I am grateful for the nudge by others to finally pick it up.
Her adventure hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, with all of the struggles and joys, touched me.
When I came to last lines of the book I knew this was the book I was meant to read right now.
For the words"let it be", yes, those are words that have come to me in the past month
 while paying attention to "grateful". 
Cheryl Strayed learned this lesson while walking the trail.
For me it is a lesson in aging.
Learning to "let it be" is not an easy lesson to learn,
but we all must at some point face this with acceptance.
On the other hand I guess we can always struggle and be unhappy,
but I am choosing today to "let it be".

Have you struggled with "let it be"?
Yet another photo from Yosemite, I picture Cheryl hiking here.

5 comments:

Angela McRae said...

I think we all probably struggle with "letting it be," especially if we're Type A souls who would really rather prefer to "fix" everything! Glad to hear you found the book helpful!

Laura Morrigan said...

I have read My Year Without Matches which is kind of an Aussie version, it is about a group of Aussies who go back to the land for a year. Very inspiring, although I don't want to live THAT simply (especially in Australia where we have poisonous snakes and other dangers) it does have some great lessons!

Mark said...

Yes...let it be, sounds like the better option. After reading your post I looked up Wild on amazon, and read a bit, just ordered it. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the tip.

Lorrie said...

Letting it be is a hard thing sometimes. The book sounds interesting. I just saw a documentary on the Pacific Crest trail a couple of weeks ago.

Happy Easter!

Jeanie said...

This is a book that hasn't called to me but perhaps, after reading your words, I'll reconsider. Perhaps you are right -- you need to be in the right spot to read certain things.