Trail Proverbs

There’s no doubt that hiking is good for our mental and emotional health. Study after study show this to be true. But I’ve found there are general life lessons to be learned as well. Call them trail proverbs, if you like. These thoughts are borne of the trail and apply everywhere. Here are a few of mine. Please feel free to add your own in the comments below. I’ll bet we could make quite a list. 
• A path worth taking is rarely easy.
• Obstacles don’t always mean you’re going the wrong way.
• Sometimes the right path is not clear until you start down the trail. Perspective is everything.
• Sometimes the most critical step is the one out the front door.
• Constant forward progress is far more important than speed.
• It’s as important to know where you are as where you’re going.
• Maps may not be perfect, but they’re worth trusting until proven otherwise.
• In the end, it’s the journey that’s important, not the destination.
• A short-cut is just that, and usually lessens the experience.
• No matter where you’re going, one step at a time is the only way to get there.
• Sometimes the weather is perfect, and sometimes it’s horrible. Either way, you just have to deal with it and find your way the best you can.
• Travel light. You’ll go further, see more, smile more, live more.

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