I never cared for the sappy song by the rock group Kansas that says, “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.” It cynically prefaces that line by saying, “Don’t hang on,” apparently meaning nothing in life matters. It’s as if to say we have no reason to live.
Another line in it says, "Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea,” reminding us that the song's message is a worthless cliché.
Still, as trite as the message may be, there remains a truth in it. The moments in our lives are fleeting. What the song doesn’t say is the best we can do with those moments is remember them. Perhaps we can learn from a few of them.
There were moments today — hearing my hike mentioned in a podcast, scattering some of Beau to the wind, celebrating at the halfway point — that I plan to keep and cherish. I'm adding them to a vast and growing treasure I carry with me on the trail.
I know I will continue to carry them long after I’ve finished.