A Walk In The Woods

It’s the weekend, so I have decided to take this opportunity to explore my surroundings a little.  Who knew that there would be wooded trails and lush vegetation in the midst of the 4th largest city in North America?!  I consult a map and have a destination in mind, but find that the path splits and turns in ways I didn’t expect.  (So often things are not as straight forward as they seem to be on paper.)  I start down one trail and quickly realize that it does not appear to be taking me in the direction I wish to go.  So, I backtrack and try another route.  Then I wonder; will I even recognize the correct path when I’m on it?  I don’t really know what my destination looks like.

Following the next trail, I reach another fork in the road and I need choose which direction to go from here.  I make my choice and as I continue on, I’m struck by the parallel between my little afternoon excursion and my PULSE experience so far.

My PULSE objectives seem clear enough when I read them, but each time I have an idea about an avenue to proceed, I somehow come to the realization that there are more questions to be asked. Whether navigating in the woods, or in a new organization, the process usually takes longer and seems more complicated the first time.  After my surroundings have become more familiar, the path forward is more apparent.

I did reach and enjoy my weekend destination with the help of several friendly passers-by. I am confident that the same will be true for my PULSE assignment.

P.S. I had randomly chosen a movie to download and watch during my flight to Toronto.  The movie?  “A Walk in the Woods” with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.  Like characters Bill Bryson and Steve Katz, I don’t know how or where my journey will end and what I will encounter along the way — though I have no doubt that it will be successful and rewarding.Woods.jpg





  1. Simple but Amazing thoughts Dear. GSK is so proud of people like you who dare take unknown paths because you believe in challenging things & also have the confidence that you will succeed in your endeavor. Really liked your blog.
    Famous Author Claron McFadden had once said : Sarah Vaughan ( known Jazz singer from America ) is one of my greatest heroes. She personifies what an artist is all about, taking risks, daring to go beyond the boundaries of safety and convention. It takes courage to share your vulnerability.

  2. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost. Hoping you find the same as you walk along your PULSE road!

  3. Joan, I just started reading your blogs and happy to hear you are venturing out to explore your surroundings. It all sounds so wonderful and I know you’ll do well over the next 5-6 months.

    I’ll be looking for your updates

  4. Hey you! I just looked you up because I was going to call and bend your ear about some things and I see you are on a PULSE assignment! How wonderful!! I signed up so I can get your updates and I look forward to reading how it is going up there.
    Have an amazing time!

  5. I am so glad that I found this post today. I just realized that I need to keep asking more questions. That is the best approach for the place and challenges that I am currently in. I love the title and the beautiful pictures- gorgeous scenery! Perfect comment from you, “I don’t know how or where my journey will end and what I will encounter along the way — though I have no doubt that it will be successful and rewarding”. I couldn’t agree more!!!

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