Dear Hiking Lovers,

My intention for the weekend was to hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve with my boys. The only thing is I did not have two agreeable boys. This was a shift test in motion.

I said, “Let’s just enjoy the day. Look at the beauty. Soak it in. Breathe. No complaining.” The day was glorious. The sun was out. The ocean was magical. The vibration of the earth pulsated.

For two hours, I heard, “I’m tired. I’m sick. I need to use the bathroom. You don’t care about me. I am going the throw up.” And this was from Gabriel. Lucas looked tired and sweaty, but he didn’t say anything. Every time there was a bench, Lucas climbed in my arms, and I rubbed him.

It took everything for me to stay in ALIGNMENT when everything was out of alignment. See, I couldn’t get Gabriel to change his attitude by correcting him nonstop. Neither was I going to indulge every comment.

We made it down the mountain to the warm sand. I took my shoes off and got in the ocean. And so did Lucas. Gabriel huffed, “We are taking too long.” And he marched off as Lucas and I frolicked in the water. We held hands and breathed in the delight.

We finally walked to the car and Gabriel waited with a miserable face. I mentioned, “Look how unhappy Gabriel is.” Lucas said, “I could have complained but I knew this was important to you.” I asked, “Did you have fun?” Lucas laughed, “Yes.” I commented, “You shifted. You chose that. Gabriel chose to be unhappy. You see the difference. It’s a choice.”

Right before I went to bed, Gabriel came in my room. He shared, “Mom, I just want to say that I am sorry for my behavior earlier. You really did something nice for us taking us to Torrey Pines to hike and California Pizza Kitchen. I just want to say thank you. And will you forgive me?” The shift came. Thankfully. Gabriel got himself back in alignment. I couldn’t get him in alignment. He had to work that out with his guidance system. And he did.