I’m halfway through Gail Storey’s memoir, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail—in preparation for her upcoming Guac & Chips interview and Ripen Your Writing teleseminar—and I’m struck by the fact that every venture, even of the feet, is ultimately a cell-splitting journey of the self.
It makes sense, then, that the language stopping me in my tracks while navigating Gail’s endearingly gutsy narrative has illuminated my own interior journey since launching The Avocado Sisterhood a month ago.
“We’re not lost. We just don’t know where we are.” (29)
Being “lost” implies that all strategies for finding out, and for being found, have been exhausted. When “we just don’t know where we are,” we remain equipped/empowered to find out ourselves. This past month, I experienced moments of terror, sensed strictly in my body as if I were miles off-trail, without water and a compass, my survival instinct kicking in: What am I doing? Why am I doing this? Where is everybody? Where am I?
I had to put my feet somewhere. (60)
Okay. Here. Now. No turning back. Wouldn’t have done it any other way. Must. Trust. Self.
I was eroding into the landscape of myself. (57)
This is not about me.
I existed to listen, I was the listening. (124)
Who wants to belong to this sisterhood of writers, and why? What else can I do to serve them?
Let that self [my small, imagined self] die into love out here. (125)
I would be as my nature required. (130)
Hike your own hike. (122)
We each gotta do what we gotta do to stay true.
Gaze, rest, gaze. Rest, listen, rest. Listen, wait, listen. Gaze, listen, be. (123)
From stillness, find out and be found. Then move forward.
So, what lessons have you learned from the natural world (what place?) or from a book (what book?)? Share in the comment box below.
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Watch Gail’s fun, smart, heartful book trailer for I Promise Not to Suffer here: www.gailstorey.com
Get the dial-in # for, or recording of, Gail’s FREE Guac & Chips interview (July 9) here: http://theavocadosisterhood.com/guac-and-chips-interview-series/
Learn about and register for Gail’s Ripen Your Writing teleseminar (July 23)—“Your Lover, Parents, Kids, and Friends: Spill the Beans Without Wrecking Your Relationships”—here: http://theavocadosisterhood.com/ripen-your-writing-teleseminar-series/