Camping Solo

Written by Lynn Cutts

I recently completed my first solo camping trip. Although I've been camping for over 45 years, this wasrepparttar first time I didn't have parents, friends, or a husband alone with me. It was just me, andrepparttar 146102 birds, andrepparttar 146103 bees. Andrepparttar 146104 bear, but that's another story.

Anyway, as I planned my trip, I found myself getting more and more apprehensive. What if I couldn't . . . pitchrepparttar 146105 tent, lightrepparttar 146106 stove, haulrepparttar 146107 water, sleep by myself . . . You name it, I worried about it. I came up with Plan B's and Plan C's and even a few Plan F's. Byrepparttar 146108 morning I was supposed to leave, I'd almost "what if-ed" myself out of going. But then I came up withrepparttar 146109 ultimate Plan B: if it got too tough, I could go stay in a motel, or even head home. So I went.

And I found it was easier than I expected. I threadedrepparttar 146110 poles intorepparttar 146111 tent, and then gotrepparttar 146112 little metal doohickies intorepparttar 146113 tent poles sorepparttar 146114 tent actually stood up. I pounded five out of six tent pegs into rocky ground (bentrepparttar 146115 sixth) using a rock, because I'd forgottenrepparttar 146116 hammer. I hauled water. I coaxed our cranky, thirty-year-old camp stove into working. I split kindling for a campfire I didn't get to have (the bear, again). And atrepparttar 146117 end of two days, as I drove home happy and at peace, I realized I didn't have just one success. I had a whole collection of little ones.


Written by Lynn Cutts

I don't know how familiar you are with Richard Carson's concept ofrepparttar Gremlin, so here's a brief explanation.

First of all, we all have Gremlins. They arerepparttar 146101 little (or not so little) voices that nag at us allrepparttar 146102 time. Sometimes they try hard to keep us safe, to not try new things. Sometimes they tell us that whatever it is we are doing, it's not good enough, fast enough, clever enough. . . Gremlins also are those intrusive little thoughts that tell us we should be doing something else. They're really good at getting us trapped between a rock and a hard place, at least in our own minds, and they love putting us in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" sort of bind.

Our Gremlins are always present, but sometimes they are a lot louder than at other times. Often, they like to disguise their messages as really coming from ourselves. Sorepparttar 146103 first thing to do in learning to deal with your Gremlins is to learn how to distinguish their voices from yours. Here are some clues:

You might have a Gremlin present:

- When your thoughts are running around in circles. - When you can't win, no matter what. - When it is more important to do things for others than to take care of yourself. - When you are creatively blocked.

- When nothing is fun.

- When everything you are doing is wrong. - When you're operating from "should" instead of "could" or "have to" instead of "choose to." - When you are arguing with yourself.

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