The world was grey, muddy and dripping. I had lost my hiking companion in the fog long before this picture. We were doing okay but it was a day of going up hill continually and just being wet.
Step. Breathe. Repeat. got me through a lot of struggles but I could feel myself just getting sad, tired and focusing on what I didn't have (dry socks for one). I wasn't going to wake up in the morning and necessarily be dry and able to not hike the next day. I was missing family & friends. And, in truth, after I gave my head a shake, I realized I was missing the beauty in which I was immersed (to underline the wetness of the day).
So the new directive of STOP. LOOK. APPRECIATE ((three things) so I wouldn't be stuck all day) was developed.
Not a directive that made me any faster but made me more appreciative for the discoveries around me.