Moments that define who we are....

I've been thinking about how each individual is uniquely shaped by their experiences in life. I began to wonder what experiences have made me the person I am. I've touched on this a little before in a past post and I thought of another moment that I think of often. It's so important that we recognize the experiences in our lives that are life-changing. If we are truly present in the moment, I believe these moments can happen daily. Something as simple as a sunrise or child's smile can inspire anyone...we just have to be open to realizing the beauty of it.
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here's a picture from Alcatraz when Dave, Tam, Brandon and I went canyoneering. This image is taken right at that moment when you have to lay on your stomach on the edge of a 160' cliff, swing your legs around behind you and trust your gear to hold you as you slip over the edge and let gravity pull you the rest of the way over. It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life but I have never been so proud. It's so exhilarating. The view was breathtaking. This was my first rapel ever!! Anytime that I feel a little nervous about something that I have to tackle, I think of this moment, and I can have confidence that when I make a decision to do something, as long as I give my full effort, then the universe will conspire to make it happen. ;)


Tamara with a "T" said...

Wasn't that a fun...crazy...scary day? I remember you lost your shoe in mud after the first rappel and I thought..."we'll never get out of here!" But...we did... and I think that is probably one of my most memorable outdoor adventures.

Bryan and Ana Burrell said...

Moments that define who we are... I like it. DAD

Burrell said...

You...define...me. Serious.
Ok, but for reals. Love this post.