Here in Utah, we celebrated Pioneer Day last Friday. After the last year, I have a new appreciation for those pioneers and their families. While what we are doing is not as brutal as what the early day pioneers did, there are some parallels. Giving up much to move into the wilderness to secure a better tomorrow can be intimidating. Yet, we do it for a better tomorrow. Just like it was for our predecessors, the process of looking for a new home and acquiring it is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.
As the process of making the move to new beginnings begins, there is the planning and the actual execution of the plan. Determining what one will take and what one will leave behind, along with the sale of homes and other possessions is a task that consumes much energy, both physical and emotional. However, the dream of a new beginning starts to take on a new reality. We start to find new friendships along the way, those that are headed the same direction. These new friends have similar concerns and similar hopes as we do.
The journey along the OSR path to new beginnings can be similar to the one those pioneers who came before us, made. I am finding that this journey is changing me. I believe it is changing me for the better. I am becoming more resilient. I am more tolerant of my own imperfections and those of others, allowing for a better understanding of who I am and who those around me are. I am learning that more often than not, what I have perceived as flaws in myself and others are in reality evidence of good people working with and through challenges. These challenges can be physical, emotional, intellectual, or even spiritual, or a combination of all four. As we make this journey, we are blazing new trails. This effort is challenging and difficult. We are becoming something more than who we were before we took this journey on.
Like any hard and difficult exercise, when endured, a transformation takes place. Capacity to do more, to be more increases. The fact that we are not alone in this journey gives me a great deal of assurance and hope for a bright and safer tomorrow. I am especially grateful to the many new friends that I am encountering along this journey. I am appreciative of their love and willingness to accept me with all of my weaknesses and shortcomings. I can do no less for them.
This is the reality of self-reliant people. They know what it is that they want. They make assessments of where they really are; physically, emotionally, intellectually, even spiritually. When they know where they want to go, they make a plan using strategies to accomplish such a transition. Because this journey is hard, I am grateful to all of you pioneers that are fast becoming my friends and family. Your willingness to make this journey with me, that we may all be more and do more, make all of you my heroes.
Philip J. Gleason