Just start walking!

Just start walking!

Machu Picchu, August 11, 2017. This was likely our last big family trip, so we made it special - Peru and Machu Picchu. It took months to plan it, and days preparing for the elevation so we would not get ill. I had intended to physically prepare for months as well, but that did not happen...so I was worried. My first lesson of our trip is that there comes a time when you have to just start walking. You can plan all you wish, but if at some point you don't stop planning and start doing you will never reach your dreams. Yes I was not as fit as I would have wished, but frankly the planning I did to get us ready for the elevation, also served to prepare us for Machu Picchu. I booked Machu Picchu for day 4 of 5 days at elevation. We stayed in Cusco, a city built on the side of mountains so there were stairs and steep inclines everywhere. Every day we walked the city and ruins in the area. I took it slow, but was able to do them. This was my preparation. 

During our Machu Picchu climb I learned my second lesson, we never accomplish our goals alone. We had arranged for a private guide for this tour and our guide was Cosme Cuba Gutierrez. I believe that part of what he did in the first few minutes we were with him was assess our abilities and interests so he could ensure our tour was everything we wished it to be. He told us he was going to take us to the highest areas first while we were our freshest and so we could get the best views of the city. Then we would climb down and explore the city. The way to the highest areas had a long lineup, which meant that we were moving slowly and did not feel tired or out of breath. On our way Cosme told us of the rich history of the Incas, Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cosme's interest in meeting our needs ensured it was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Reflecting on this experience I know that if I continue to focus on the needs of the people I am serving in my dream work area I will be successful. I also know I have been using "planning" to avoid "doing" in this area of my life - so that is what I need to work on.

What have you learned on one of your journeys in life?

Pause and experience small joys on your journey!

Pause and experience small joys on your journey!