On A Personal Note: Step by Step by Step

In response to the Writing Challenge – A Room with a View – Where Would I Go? San Diego, California is my preferred destination! I chose a very unique way to get there! You begin your journey to join me from where ever you live to my ultimate destination – Ocean Beach, San Diego! I am in Baltimore, MD and I will begin from here! Where are you?

Our mode of transportation is our feet! We shall walk to San Diego, California and ultimately to the beach! You already said, “yes”. No backing out now! You are committed to the journey! Though, I know when I said we were walking you got this overwhelming feeling that you have bit off more than you can chew! But you gave your word…Let’s go! I can still sense you being overwhelmed by the magnitude of our journey, but let’s roll! All you have with you are your walking shoes and a journal and pen to document this phenomenal journey you are about to begin….step, by step, by step.

You have moved out your front door! Heading down the drive way and onto your street. You pause for a moment trying to figure out which direction to move in. But does it really matter you think? C’mon, get moving….you are having an internal war with the commitment, but you gave your word that you would meet me at Ocean Beach! Think about what that will look like when you arrive…. You ponder which direction is the shortest direction if you go left or right? But does it really matter? Given the sheer magnitude of the journey, you shrug and begin your journey down your street – you chose right. Step by step by step….

And you continue on, past familiar homes, stores and streets. You hear people chatting, laughing and is that a baby crying in the distance? But you don’t let that deter you, step by step by step. You’re moving, you’re walking to San Diego! Did that car almost hit you as it was speeding by, mocking you for this insane journey you said “yes” to…Who would know if you got a ride? They have room in their car, but where are they headed? Probably not to Ocean Beach in San Diego, step by step by step, you continue.

You made a commitment to walk using the feet God gave you! You’re feet feel like lead as you pick them up one at a time and put them down, one after the other, step by step by step….Who will you meet along this journey? What will you see? You push away the thoughts screaming at you, to convince you, you won’t make it…You don’t want to consider that thought, though it is screaming for attention in your mind. You only think about the next step and you hope you don’t wimp out and quit! Nope! Step by step by step – “San Diego, here I come!”

Where are you now? Step by step, you look around and you still recognize your surroundings. Buildings, and people moving about their day off to their various destinations! Why haven’t you gotten further yet? If only you could get to the highway, you would feel like you have made some progress. That there was hope that you really Ocean-Beach-Pierwould finish this journey….step by step, into the unknown. What’s between here and San Diego?

All of a sudden you can see it…there is the sign that says, “Welcome to San Diego”! You are getting closer to your destination. You smell the salt water and you can almost feel the warm sand between your toes as you head for the sparkling water, dancing with the waves and beckoning you to come explore the deep recesses of its mystery! You can see people shouting at you and cheering for you to finish the final leg of your journey!

You begin to tell yourself, “I can do this”…”I will do this”…”I will finish my journey, I will keep my word and finish what I started!” You can see yourself stepping into the cool water of Ocean Beach…the waves welcoming you as you begin to dodge them and play…deeper you go into the water, your tired feet and muscles applauding your gift – cool water…you’re laughing as you enjoy your accomplishment – You did it! You made it to San Diego! Step by step by step….you shake yourself, and the water disappears as you re-focus, you cross the street in your home town, the magnetic pull of Ocean Beach draws you as you’re heading west, step by step by step!


5 thoughts on “On A Personal Note: Step by Step by Step

  1. What a powerful metaphor. Sometimes the desire to have “all the facts” can keep us frozen, stuck. A step by step approach can get us started and keep us moving in the direction of our goal. Thanks.


    • Hi E Wright! Thank you for your comment. That is precisely where my mind is…it is very easy to allow the vastness if our goals to paralyze us and/or become the stumbling block for moving forward to accomplish something. But when we just begin with one step, and we keep taking steps, we will eventually make it to the destination.


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