150 Walks in Victoria Project
For those who are new to reading my blog, you may have missed my 150 Walks in Victoria project. The idea that I came up with in January 2018, was centred around the book, 150 Walks in Victoria written by Tyrone Thomas and Andrew Close.
At the time, I was looking for something that would really challenge me during the coming year. My plan was to walk every one of those 150 Walks during 2018. As we’re almost at the end of the year, it’s now time for an update. This project has been on my mind constantly, and I’ve been putting off doing this update. The reason is that I don’t have good news.
Even though I’ve done many of the Walks,, I have to admit that this project has not worked out as I had imagined it would. I’ve ticked off many of the walks, but it’s became clear to me, as the year has progressed, that the project was a little ambitious for many reasons.
- Time: As I’m still working, I’m a bit time poor. Also, I drive almost an hour to work every day. That two hour round trip, really does make a difference to time available
- Injury: This year, I’ve had a few injuries, including to my feet, which has made walking long distances very difficult
- Weather: This year we have had months of extreme hot weather and many months of extreme cold weather. Both of these extremes mean that it can be quite dangerous to go hiking in the bush alone.
When I set this goal for myself, I really thought that I could overcome the above difficulties. Sometimes you just have to take a risk and try something. If you are successful that’s great. If not, it doesn’t mean you’ve completely failed.
At first I thought of it as a total fail, until I realised that I did complete many walks in the book. Most of those walks, I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I really did enjoy the walks that I ticked off, so they have added value to my experiences and exercise program in 2019.
About twenty years ago, I participated in an intensive leadership and personal development program, which featured integrity as a major requirement to live a fulfilled life. I’ve always remembered those lessons and worked hard to ensure that I operated in my career and my life, with integrity. When I realised that the walks in the book, wouldn’t all be ticked off by the end of the year, I became very concerned about my integrity.
I would define integrity as ‘doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it’. To have integrity you need to be authentic and be true to who you are. To have integrity, you need to do what is right, or moral, even when it is difficult or inconvenient to do it. To live a life with integrity, you need to be your word.
I have always prided myself as being a person who values integrity. It’s a word that is in my mind constantly. So lately, I’ve been concerned that my integrity can now be questioned. However, integrity is not right or wrong. Integrity can always be restored.
How To Restore Integrity
- Give up your story about the breakdown
- Acknowledge that your word is broken
- Clean up and apologise for any consequences of the breakdown
- Recommit, or make a new promise
In acknowledging the breakdownof my project, I can see clearly now, the reasons for the breakdown. This takes away the stress of the breakdown. Even though this project will not be complete by the end of 2019, I don’t see it as failure.
My new plan is to keep the project going, but to slightly change the rules to make it more manageable. I still plan to tick off all walks in the book. However, I’m not attaching a time frame. I will still post walk reports on the blog, so do watch out for some great walks coming up.
Just acknowledging the breakdown and setting a new plan, gives me a feeling of renewal, and happiness that this project will eventuate, even if it is different to what was first envisaged.
Have you done anything that caused your integrity to be questioned? What did you do to restore it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and will reply to all comments.