A crazy thing happened. A friend’s dad got lost in the Jasper / Banff forest for 17 days, of course we all assumed the worse. Watching the updates on Facebook, thinking the unimaginable….
When David & I picked him up the first thing out of Bill’s mouth was:
“Yeah I was lost but it was an amazing & life changing experience.”
Think about that for a moment. Here was this man, LOST, ALONE in a huge forest for 17 days, after 10 days he had no food, barely any water and wild animals every where.
Bill could have cried, felt sorry for himself, demanded an intervention, did nothing but he still would be in the same place. Instead, he looked down at the little pack strapped to his front that said “Keep Walking” and that’s what he did.
Everyday he chose to keep going, hiking up and down the mountains, into these valleys and then to find a safe place sleep. He had to do the work each day, trying to stay alive and find a way out. He had to trust that others & complete strangers were trying to find him. He had to do the work AND trust.
Truthfully I jumped at the chance of picking up Bill, I was looking at ways we could procrastinate. We are in the final days of our Alberta BoostRCampaign for CMNGD and my anxiety has gotten the best of me. It's a big vision to employ the homeless at a living cost and we need people to give to reach our $10k goal or we get none of the funds raised to date.
But picking up Bill was a blessing to us. Because he, unknowingly, showed us that we must do the work. We must hustle, even when things look bad or impossible. We must find a way out.… but that is not all.
We must also trust. We must trust in ourselves and in others, even complete strangers that there is a support system out there working on your behalf.
And finally how to receive. How to receive people’s help and be deeply grateful for all that is given.
Thank you Bill, we needed you to show us that it takes HUSTLE, TRUST and a lot of GRATITUDE to find your way out.
So we are going to 'Keep Walking' and one day our paths will cross again Bill.