Sometimes I forget why I am here
the daily grind gets too difficult
the road too steep
the obstacles too huge.
It reminds me of the inner-city elementary school class
on its first trip to a national forest.
children that have never been in the woods
hiking on a well marked dirt trail
and they come to a large tree,
fallen across the path.
The children yell,
"Our path is blocked! We have to turn back!"
It is only with the teacher's encouragement
the children realize
they can leave the path and walk around the tree,
perhaps even climb on top of it
for a better viewof things to come.