Rebecca and I just returned from a backpacking trip in the Red River Gorge. While I’ve spent a great deal of time in the back country, it was her first trip. I wanted it to be a positive experience for her and spent a lot of time planning the trip. One of the things I love most about backpacking is you carry everything you need on your back.
Well sort of…I might have told Rebecca once or twice that water is heavy and it’s a lot easier to carry it inside of our bodies, than on our backs. Essentially, we are water bottles. The average adult is 65% water and staying hydrated is critical in the back country to avoid the ill effects of dehydration, such as, headaches, confusion, irritability, and fainting.
It just so happened to be the hottest weekend of the summer. We were tempted to postpone the trip, but we were excited and not sure when we’d get to reschedule. The heat concerned us, so on the drive to the mountains we drank lots of water.
I don’t know about you, but when I drink a lot of water, I feel better. I like to imagine it’s an internal shower washing away all of the grime from my insides. Another analogy I like to use is changing the oil in a car. If you’ve ever done it yourself, then the sludge that pours from the oil pan is much different than the fresh oil used to replace it. The owner’s manual that comes with your car urges you to change the oil on a regular basis to add life to your vehicle.
Water is freshest when it is moving. Like the mountain stream we camped near, it flows down and around obstacles. Think of a stagnant pool. It is not very attractive. Likewise, ask yourself if there are areas of your life that look and feel more like a stagnant pool than lively mountain stream. Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to move that obstacle out of our way, rather than flow around it. Flow like water and change your life.