S.C.O.R.E!

There are lots of challenges that will test my ability to get out there and get it done. The biggest is mental; there will be days when I say to myself, “What in the name of JC am I doing out here?” That’s when it’s tempting to pack up and head home. The most common advice thru-hikers give each other is to “embrace the suck.” I’ve done that and am willing to deal with cold, heat and rain; no problem. But still, why? That’s where SCORE comes in; it’s an acronym I made to remind myself why I’m out there:

  • Spiritual – The vision quest
  • Challenge – Take on the challenge of making the goal for the section and eventually finishing the AT.
  • Outdoors – Get outside and enjoy nature
  • Rest – Take a break from the rat race
  • Exercise – Get back into shape and get those trail lets again

Addressing the spiritual aspect should be interesting…

In my VT/MA section Wildcat gave me this:

Desiderata

Desiderata

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

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