Your Friendly Hise Hikers Tuesday Tip… Things Take Time.

Today on our 5-mile training hike, we were discussing developing hot spots (what we call the precursor of a blister) on our feet. This, of course, generally happens every pre-season as we condition our feet leading up to the hiking season. And those hot spots may or may not become blisters… and then they may or may not become calluses over time.

The interesting thing is that not unlike our feet, our minds become mentally tough over time, too.

Last year, we completed our longest-ever backpacking trip: 6 days and 75 miles. The year before, we hit a personal best of reaching 12,500 feet in an attempt to summit Mt. Whitney (we’ll be coming for you again, Mt. Whitney… ❤ ).

When we started out on these adventures with our first backpacking trip from Donner Summit to Sierra City (about 44 miles in 3 days), I wouldn’t have believed some of the things we’ve accomplished today if you were to have asked me then.

I share all of this to exhibit that I’m a work in progress… and I am taking time to develop, grow, and become the beautiful gem that God designed me to be.

The next time you feel frustrated about where you are, I encourage you to remember that the Grand Canyon wasn’t formed in a day and the spectacularly gorgeous famous granite rock formations in Yosemite weren’t either – they all took time. And remember the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”

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