Nature is a Force to be Reckoned With: September 2019

David Graham September 9, 2019

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It started as a peaceful morning. We were staying in a secluded little resort and I woke up early to explore the nature trails. The staff directed me to the small opening in the trees and I was off. I breathed in the mossy scented air, felt the stress melt away and I was instantly in my happy place.

After a kilometer, I noticed that the path was less clear. Ferns had grown over the trail and I was climbing over fallen trees and wondered which way to go next. No cell phone signal, so I pulled out my old school map and took a guess.

And then the bugs came… I started moving faster so they couldn’t keep up. I can outrun these little pests, I thought to myself. But after a few more kilometers, I still hadn’t seen a trail marker. I dodged left, then right and even back tracked for a bit. I was officially lost in the woods.

But I am a nature guy, right? Wrong!

Now I was at nature’s mercy; just another creature trying to survive in the wild. As I got deeper into the forest, the bugs got worse and I was now a loose moose running aimlessly without direction. Finally, a clearing! But it was swamp, as far as the eye could see, but no end in sight. Now I was “In the Weeds.”

Around the swamp, up a hill, back through the forest and I eventually got a cell phone signal. I sheepishly called my partner and instead of getting, “I told you so,” he jumped in the car and headed to the closest trailhead. I was located!

Covered in mud with a swarm of bugs around my head, I climbed into the car. No scolding, just pure love and a compassionate hug. “I am glad you’re okay,” he said.

Upon reflection, I realized I do this a lot. My determination gets the better of me. “I can do it myself,” becomes my talk track. Reaching out for help can feel like I am not capable or strong enough, but sometimes, I just need to be rescued.

  • When have you felt lost in the forest or deep in the weeds?
  • What is your typical course of action?
  • Do you reach out, give up, or barrel through to find a way out?

We all need to be rescued at times and it’s okay to be a little lost. Sometimes we just have to make the call.

Adventurously yours,


David Graham

Dave coaches good leaders who want to be great leaders and he works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. For transformational experiences, he takes teams out of the boardroom and into nature.