Blazing the Trail
I have gone on numerous walks in my life. I have passed by thousands of trees and fence posts and never noticed the little white rectangles that were painted on some of them. This has been going on in my life for years, walking, passing by a marking, not being impressed enough to remember or want to know more about what they are or why they are there. Then I started to hike the Bruce trail and in researching discovered that in order to stay on the path and be guided along safely from point to point, you must follow the trail markings or ‘blazes’. At first they were difficult to see and I strained to look for them and said silent prayers that I did not miss seeing one and that I was on the correct path. By day two, I was able to spot them from a great distance while hiking, I could spot them from the car and my peripheral vision seemed to be expanded as I saw these trail markers called Blazes everywhere guiding hikers along a path. I learned that two blazes with one more to the right or left meant to go that way or that a blue one meant a side trail which was certain to be a hiding place for beautiful sights of waterfalls, rock formations or cliffs with a spectacular view. I started to think about these blazes which were only weeks ago, invisible to me. I wondered how many I passed blindly, ignorantly, unknowingly. Something so important to whomever needs them at that time. Then I wondered about blazes in my life. Signs put out or in my path to keep me heading in the correct direction, keeping me safe, keeping my moral compass pointing in the right direction. Then I wondered how many did I pass by and how many did I miss? If they are anything like the Bruce Trail Blazes, they are abundant and spaced out so that they are easy to see…but, only if you know what you are looking for. Only if, you know that they are there. Once you realize that they exist, you will see them everywhere and you will not be able to escape the comfort they bring by ensuring you are on the right path on any hiking trail or the trail of life.