“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden (1910-2010), American basketball coach and player.

Every year, for the last 2 – 3 years prior to lockdown, we used to take part in the Snowdonia Challenge, trekking 100km through some of the most beautiful (and occasionally challenging) parts of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. It takes three days, and we do it to raise money for our mercy missions, including FoodShare and Household FuelBank projects.

Some of those who start off don’t manage to complete the full course, it’s such a challenge. And that’s OK. If it was just “a walk in the park” it would not be a challenge. A walk of this length in the Snowdonia National Park is definitely a challenge for us all. 

Maybe it’s something that you, personally, couldn’t do. But do not let that interfere with what you can do. There are many other ways to raise money for charity or to see Snowdonia for that matter. Do what you can, let others do what they can, and be at peace with that. We are all given different talents and abilities – gifts from God – and the secret it to use those gifts to do what you can as best you can. 

For the mad few of us who love trekking in Snowdonia, we hope the Snowdonia Challenge will be back on in the near future, now that lockdown is easing. Until then, we will do what we can do, and won’t be put off by what we can not.

Coming soon – #ThursdayThought booklet, with a collection of quotes.