As you know, I recently went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was my first experience with snowshoeing and it took me awhile to get the hang of it. Snowshoes are best described as wearing tennis rackets on your feet and walking through the snow. Modern day shoes look sleeker and are made of plastic. They have a wide girth making it difficult, at times, because you have to keep your feet and hips evenly separated so you don’t step on your snowshoe and lose your balance.
The point of a snowshoe is to create a step and slide effect that allows you to stay on the surface of the snow instead of sinking in with your boots. There was two feet of snow on the ground and with my snowshoes I was able to stay on top of it for our entire trek.
However, in the beginning, I couldn’t quite get the step and slide your back foot rhythm, and I kept laughing. I knew I was making it harder than it was supposed to be. Instead of gliding my back foot along the snow, allowing the shoe to do the work, I was picking up my entire foot with the snowshoe swinging by the hinge at my toes and then awkwardly trying to place my foot down in front of me.
I couldn’t help but think this is the perfect metaphor for life. How often do you have the right tools, but you are using them all wrong and you know it? It’s self sabotage!
Don't self sabotage!
Let your shoes do the work. They are available to make life easer for you and yet, you continue to self sabotage by picking up your entire foot and not letting the snowshoe glide in the snow as intended. The old way, the way you’ve always done it, or fear, ignorance, and apathy feels easier and familiar and of course, comfortable. More so than the discomfort of giving into the unknown and allowing the tool to do the work for you. Picking up your foot only creates more work and more misery. So is the old way all that better? We just end up complaining about our muscles burning or our shoes getting stuck instead of living a rich, wild, and abundant life.