Trail or Trial?

I have written under this title before, but I found my thoughts returning to this simple concept as I walked the trail across the lake from our house on Saturday afternoon.

Change and challenge are givens in life. There are times when we may choose to initiate change or undertake a new challenge, but there are also times when either one will rudely force their way into our lives. Sometimes we see the next step clearly, other times our eyes are blinded by obstruction. Emotions can be self-imposed obstruction. Like fog or darkness, they can keep us from seeing clearly. The path may actually be free of obstruction, but we can end up inhibited or  even paralyzed, experiencing little forward progress.

Conversely, if the fog lifts and sun shines brightly, we can pick our way through the complexity of many obstructions, and even find ourselves enjoying the journey.