I went for a quick hike recently at Sugarloaf Open Space in Walnut Creek. This is a great spot just outside of the downtown area. While I will say the space is not very large, it was still nice to get outside and move around. The hills were a bit steep in some areas, so bring a walking stick or make sure to take a break along the way. And it was a bit muddy when I was there, so bring your hiking shoes or a pair of old trainers.
I will also say there was a nice picnic table area and a few benches situated along the trails. Great for a light lunch or a quick snack. Also bring your camera along! Great views of Mt. Diablo off to the East.
And one quick picture from my visit. This spot made me long for a journal to write in, a good book to read, and possible a good glass of wine to watch the sunset.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” – W. H. Murray
This is one of my favorite quotes that has helped me when I am challenging and questioning what is going on in my life.
I made a big decision to stop looking for work and start working on my dreams. It was not an easy decision at all. And I have questioned and worried about it more than I can write about. But it is my decision, and I am taking it in both hands and running with it until I fall over.
I have had numerous friends tell me I am delusional, that all this California air has gone to my head. How can you not work they say? So I remind them, I am “working”; I am just working on my dreams and what I want to do. How many people have an opportunity to do that? How many people are bold enough to do that?
Am I scared at times? Yes! A millions times yes! But I refuse to let fear run my life!