This past weekend, a friend and I took a couple days out of our busy lives to explore the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. We camped just outside of the South Rim on Friday night and then awoke early the following morning for an 18-mile trip to the bottom and back up. This was the fourth or fifth time I have been to the Canyon, and the second time I have done this route, staying on the South Rim and going down South Kaibab trail and coming back up on Bright Angel trail. The Canyon never ceases to amaze me and exploring its inner wonder from top to bottom always leaves me feeling inspired.
As my friend and I made our way down to the Colorado River early Saturday morning, I marvelled at the length of time that it must have taken for the Canyon to have been carved out of what was once a giant slab of rock. Over the course of millions of years, this incredibly vast system of jagged rock formations and towering canyon walls was literally carved into the surface of the Earth by nothing more than flowing water. It still blows my mind the power of Mother Nature and what was created by the persistent and relentless daily action of moving water.
This then got me thinking of how the Canyon serves as an analogy for the lives that we are all creating on a daily basis. Life can seem extremely complex and overwhelming at times, and when this is combined with both the internal and external pressures we experience every single day, it is no wonder that so may of us are stressed to the max. However, when we take the time to appreciate the Grand Canyon it can help make life seem a little less complicated.
One of the most magnificant wonders of the natural world was formed through persistant and repetitive action one single day at a time. It took millions upon millions of years for the Grand Canyon to come to life as it is today. Apply this concept to our own life and it helps us see that we don’t need to do it all in one day. Sometimes life is far simpler than it may seem and achieving our goals is more straightforward than originally perceived. What truly matters when creating the life of our dreams is the simple act of daily persistance. Remove the clutter that isn’t helping you achieve your goals and focus on what truly matters. Set goals larger than life. Then, move towards your goals one day at a time, inch by inch, one action at a time.
You will be truly amazed at what can happen when you decide to focus on taking life one day at a time. Simply look to the Grand Canyon for your inspiration. More than a mile deep, 18 miles wide, and 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon is the ultimate example of what can happen when you remove life’s complication and focus on persistent, repetitive, daily actions in the pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal.