Normally when I go for a hike or a run, I have a purpose, and the purpose is usually about getting to the top, going a particular pace, achieving a certain goal.
Sure I enjoy the journey, look around, observe the world around me. But that’s not why I’m doing it. Those are lovely secondary benefits.
Sometimes it’s nice to have an entirely different purpose. To change your focus, shift your perspective, and have a different purpose.
Today I did that.
Today, I hiked for the scenery and the company. No goal, no plan, no agenda.
Simply being open to what the trail and my companions had to offer. We had far-ranging conversations, and periods of quiet. We walked through lush rain forest and behind spectacular waterfalls.
It was lovely.