|only pack what you can carry by janice holly booth|
March 17, 2012
the subtitle reads "my path to inner strength, confidence, and true self-knowledge".
here are the chapters: baggage, courage, solitude, introspection, commitment, only pack what you can carry.
only six chapters..a life time of work!
this is an amazing book about an amazing woman who has lived quite an adventurous life. she's met her challenges for sure and risen above and beyond them.
strong, brave, wise comes to mind. and she tries to leave a trail behind her so we can use some of her tools for our own lives.
it's coming to me at an odd time. in this past year i've begun to realize how much solitude has led me to introspection and how that introspection is leading me now to less baggage and on to commitment. how much courage plays in one's life. how the writer is right about the mental fears being so much tougher than the physical ones. how we can grow courage by practice, exposure. how it took her 13 trips to utah to trust that plunge into a slot canyon. how we can build solitude into our days. introspection into our solitude. how things fall away. how commitment rises. how we begin to commit ourselves not to a perfect plan, but to living thru the questions whatever or however they come, because they WILL come, living thru them into the answers. that's the commitment.
it's a nicely written book which has fallen oddly into my life at exactly the right moment when i too am discovering many of the same questions and truths she writes about. right down to the part where sometimes words don't come, seem foreign, like way too much baggage.
"On one of his long travels through the Yoshino Mountains, Basho---the inveterate wordsmith----gazed upon a waving sea of cherry trees in blossom and was so overcome by their beauty he could not write."
i.e., even carefully chosen words become just another layer, in the long list of layers we crave to strip away, ever seeking that greater connection to nature, silence, wild.