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Five Million Steps

Updated: May 12, 2021

Love presents itself in many ways. There's the romantic kind shared with a partner. There's the parental variety where every choice made is aimed at providing a brighter future for the generation that follows. And there's the love of self, which I humbly offer is the most important if we are to give ourselves completely to the other forms of love that greet us.

The New York Times has a column named Tiny Love Stories. It consists of 100 word true to life accounts of love appearing in our daily lives. I recently submitted two such stories and wanted to share one of them with you. It's difficult to trim such a deep story to a mere 100 words, but here it goes...

Taking one step at a time is difficult to fathom when there are 5,000,000 of them before you. Beset with injury and forced to endure the demanding trials posed by Mother Nature, my wife and teenage son are a breathing example of courageous resilience. Subzero temperatures, scorching heatwaves, torrential rains, and gale force winds. Nothing could stop them from hiking all 2,200 miles on the Appalachian Trail. While their journey taught them volumes, it awakened something elemental inside me. When you want something for another more than anything you desire yourself, that's a single and enlightening step toward true love.

Do you have a love story to share?


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