Last week I joined my friend, Morwhenna, for a sponsored walk in North Devon. The days I spent with her were just part of a longer 3-week journey she is undertaking from Brecon in Wales to Morwenstow in Cornwall, raising funds and awareness for The Stroke Association. Having had a stroke herself at the age of 12, it is a cause close to her heart and I was proud to support her in my own small way. Visit www.morwhenna.com for more details on her journey.
My adventure might have been a mini one, but it was a brilliant, fun, heart-warming and uplifting day. It was long, hot and tiring too, but that doesn’t really matter when you’re enjoying yourself and making a positive difference. We walked from Instow to Westward Ho!, a distance of about 10 or 11 miles. We were powered by sun, friendship, Pulsin bars, Kendal mint cake and, towards the end when Morwhenna’s mobility challenges and blisters were catching up with her, determination. Along the way we met lots of lovely people who stopped for a chat and offered encouragement, help and support. The scenery and nature we encountered were great, but for me it was those human connections that made the experience.
Of course, writing about the trip for this blog has led me to consider the communication aspects of what was going on. For once, the communication I was experiencing had not been planned and strategized in advance. And yet there was a genuine warmth and truth to the communications with strangers along the way. So what were the aspects that made this work?
With our busy, modern lives, we often don’t have time to do something a bit out of the ordinary, just because we want to do it. We might even know it’s worth doing for a positive impact on others, either directly or indirectly, but still it’s difficult to fit in. I almost didn’t go on this mini adventure myself.
I am so glad I did!
Until next time