I recently went to the Black Hills with my husband.  We had a great time and saw so many beautiful views.  We did a lot of driving around and stopping, making sure that we went on one long hike each day.  On the last day of the trip, we went to Spearfish.  We started off with a light lunch and a stop in Deadwood.   After a short period at the blackjack table on we went to see more sites.  The hills were beautiful.  The rock formations were amazing.  We would stop to take pictures and breathe in the nature.  At our last stop there was trail to go to see the falls. We could have driven up to the falls or walked.  I was at the point where I had had enough and really wanted to drive, but after some discussion we decided to walk.   We walked along a small stream.  At times it was quiet and calm, and at others it was fast moving and loud.  At one point there was a tree that had fallen into the stream.  It was a big old tree with its leaves still attached and a giant root ball.  I wondered what its story was and what had brought the tree down.  Was it a storm or just an act of time?  There was a forest to our left with trees that shined with the fall colors.  Toward our right were the rock formations.  There appeared to be shallow caves and I imagined what animals found shelter in the caves amongst the rock.  What wonderful views.  As we walked I kept thinking, “Aren’t we there yet?”  Just when I was ready to give up and turn back, there it was.  The water appeared to be gushing straight out of the hillside.  The water kept flowing.  The area around it was green and plush.  I could not help but be amazed by it and thought about all the wonders in my life.  I watched it and felt a peace come across my being.  Soon, my husband asked if I was ready to go back.  I said,”Not yet.”   I found myself wanting to just stay there.  Taking in the beauty of the moment, I paused in silence.  Not wanting to move from that spot.  I realized how much this moment was like life.  We set goals for ourselves – getting through school, having a child, buying our first home, getting married, or losing weight.  After traveling down the path we reach those goals and so often we just want to stay in that moment.  But if we stay in that moment too long we might miss what else is around the corner.  What else does life have in store?   What goals can you reach next?  Where is life calling you to be next?  Savor the moments that are important, but move on and enjoy the journey.

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