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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt :~) Take 2

I don’t remember the first time I heard Michael Rosen’s song/book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, but I do remember that once I heard the words, I knew I had one of my few motto’s for life!  I love it so much that I have made many of my classes, campers learn the words.  I think I even translated it into Hebrew once!

This single folk story guides every aspect of my life.  Perhaps I am just a mere child, but I think the teachings go deeper than almost any other story I have heard.  Life is full of challenges, but we have a choice how we move through each part of the journey.  Each of us are on pathways to gain knowledge, perspective, materials, or even the intangible.  We are searching for something, the bear is a metaphor for that something.

Any trek is much easier when you move forward with a gentle disposition or even better  positive energy.  When my heart feels heavy, I struggle to move forward; when my heart feels filled with life, the journey goes so much easier.  Positive thinking makes some very painful moments a little easier.  Life isn’t easy when times are tough, but it can go more simply when one faces each moment with even the tiniest thread of optimism.

And yes it is OK to admit your fear.  I have so many deep seeded fears, but I have learned to move through the fears and not let those fears keep me from doing what I need to do. Listening to my inner voice is so important.  That voice has the ability to protect me, but it also has the ability to nudge me forward.  The key is finding the balance to do what I need to do.

The main verses/refrains go:

We are going on a bear hunt.
We are going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We are not scared.

Long, wavy grass.
We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
Oh no!
We’ve got to go through it.

I love that this story is about going through all that you need to go through in order to get where you are going.  If you don’t do the work you need to do, you won’t move in anywhere.  When I do the necessary work, success happens.  Regardless of what is going on, each of us  have to keep on moving.

When Aryeh, my son, was sick for nearly three years, it was horribly painful.  That didn’t mean I sat in the shit and didn’t allowed myself time to sit back and do nothing.  I never had a moment to do nothing.  When times were desperate, my job was to love him and remain present during each and every moment; when times were easier, I had to empower him to take care of himself and then I still had to remain present.  I always had to be mom.  The bottom-line is that I “couldn’t go over it, couldn’t go under it….I had to go through it.” So I did!!! Every one in my house did the work so that we could move forward itn the best possible way.

As the story continues, we have to not only go through the grass, but the river, the mud, a forest, a snowstorm, and then finally a cave.  There is always more and more to every journey.  As long as we are living; we have some place to go.  (Note: When I think of this story, I never remember the ending because it doesn’t necessarily fit into my framework for life.) In the end of this folk song, everyone goes home and decides they are never going on a bear hunt again.  So we will skip the ending for my purposes.  ☺

I have rarely backed away from a desired journey.  I embrace all parts of life, even some of the darker passages.  But embracing life is the only way to go!!!  I truly do love life!

Live, Love, and Laugh – I do!

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