Lessons from the backcountry: cover your feet
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
The most important part of a hikers gear is his shoes for more reasons than one.
There is an old Buddhist saying that says, “Where would I find enough leather to cover the entire surface of the earth? But with leather soles beneath my feet, It’s as if the whole world has been covered.” This lesson is something I have carried along with me into every aspect of my life and recently I came across a similar metaphor, the Zoro Circle, in a book some of you may know: The Happiness Advantage.
We cannot cover the world with leather so that we never stub our toe; it's too daunting of a task and rather impractical. But instead,
we can control our own situation, our own attitudes, our own feet in a world fraught with objects ready to stub our toes on. As we move through life, comfort or discomfort have less to do with how the world around us and more to do with the attitude or temperament we bring into the situation.
So like young Zoro training to master his skills, let's shrink our world filled with hardship and danger, to a manageable size and control what we can. Control the way we perceive and react to discomfort and adversity and carry enough leather to cover your toes!