Tracking & Trailing
During my reading time this morning, I came across my old 1911 Boy Scout Handbook. As I flipped it open it came to rest on a page that stated out in this way:
“It is hard to over-value the powers of the clever tracker. To him the trail of each animal is not a mere series of similar footprints, it is an accurate account of the creature’s life, habit, changing whims, and emotions during the portion of life record in view.” Ernest Thompson Seton / Boy Scout Handbook 1911
As I reread those line it not only brought back wonderful memories of my youth spent in the woods tracking, trailing, and making plaster casts of the tracks. It brought to mind just how those learned adventures have provided me with the ability to thrive and to survive by reading the trail ahead of me and understanding the trail left behind.
As we go through life we leave our own trail, full of footprints that are an accurate account of our life, our habits, our changing whims, and our emotions. This trail of clues that the clever tracker sees will be how you are thought of and remembered. The hardened plaster casts of the trail behind.
So, I leave you with a question: When the clever tracker is trailing your footprints do they wish to follow or ignore the trail you have left behind?
“It is hard to over-value the powers of the follower. To him/her, the trail of each person is not a mere series of similar thoughts and actions; it is an accurate account of the person’s life, habits, changing whims, and emotions during the portion of life recorded in view.” D.W.P.
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