Grant’s adventures were just about to keep getting bigger and bigger. When we last left our grapefruit friend he was contemplating his observations and what he had learnt so far. He was beginning to realise that life is actually a bit like a rollercoaster, full of ups and downs, stops and starts. Sometimes he felt like he was screaming along at a rapid rate on his adventure and he did not have time to think about what he was doing he just had to do it. However, between these rapid rides he also found that he had some time for contemplation. These were blissful moments of calm where there was a break in the challenges he was facing and provided an opportunity to reflect. It was completely up to Grant to choose whether or not he took these moments to reflect, after all this was his adventure. He was in charge to some extent. Grant was beginning to realise that he might not be in charge of the sequence of events and how the journey was unfolding, but he was in charge of his reactions to the events and his thoughts about the challenges he was facing. A positive thought and view point made the challenge so much more achievable.
As with all revelations in life, now that Grant had realised this he was about to be tested on whether or not he was ready to apply his new knowledge. Grant’s 7 hour hike lead him to the Percy Burn Viaduct….and his biggest challenge yet! His fear of falling was about to be tested as he bravely faced the 35 meter high viaduct.
You will be glad to know that Grant managed to roll the whole 125 meters to the other side, only to find that there was a slippery journey to the beach below down through the forest. Thinking that was the end of the challenge for the day Grant relaxed and took a moment to contemplate his achievement that day on the beautiful beach. It was then he realised that he would have to return to the top of the steep slopes before he could make his way back to the cabin. How did he achieve this….well after an initial wobble, he took a deep breath, put a positive mindset on and began to climb……up the steep slope at the side of the embankment!
Finally at the top he celebrated in style by leaping (possibly not voluntarily) from fellow trek members before being settled firmly back in the safety of his backpack to contemplate the achievement and challenges of the day.
The moral here? Well if a grapefruit can set his mind to it and achieve the impossible with a bit of positive thinking and determination, then so can you. One to contemplate on this week.