[pct-l] Never, never give up on your dream

Reinhold Metzger reinholdmetzger at cox.net
Thu Apr 16 13:28:54 CDT 2009

Thank you for correcting an obvious wrong.
I am sure Rena will appreciate the acknowledgment.

JMT Reinhold

Donna Saufley wrote:
> You're right, Reinhold -- Rena did post this first.  I sure didn't see it,
> though I admit to culling through messages by subject line looking
> specifically for those I can be of some assistance with, that are pertinent
> to our sections of the trail, or are of specific interest for a variety of
> reasons.  I apologize for resubmitting something already posted.
> Rena, I read your lovely response to Reinhold, and I just want to tell you
> that part of the motivation for what we do here comes from being a mother,
> in hopes that my own son will find kindness from strangers on his journey
> through life. Equally motivating is empathy for all the mothers (and
> fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives) of those who
> are left behind in a supporting role.  I know all the kindred spirits of my
> fellow trail angels would agree that we hope it brings comfort to those left
> at home, perhaps sometimes worried, that there people they don't know
> looking out for and lending a helping hand to their most precious loved
> ones.  I can't tell you how many frantic calls from parents (et al) I've
> received, and hopefully calmed.
> Your support of your son's dream is a wonderful gift.  Not all loved ones
> and significant others embrace a thru hike with such understanding and
> enthusiasm.  Sadly, I've seen hikers' hikes ended or significantly ruined by
> those at home (and sometimes on the trail with them) either wanting their
> hiker to quit and come home, or by not believing that the pursuit is a
> worthy one, or so terrified of the wilderness that their fear poisons their
> support.  It takes so much courage for hikers to continue on when those you
> love aren't supporting what you love to do because it's not what they want
> you to do.  Your sons are blessed.
> Susan Boyle's story is so incredibly inspirational on so many levels.
> There's a reason that she's become an overnight international sensation.
> It's not just her beautiful voice -- it's what she represents to us all.  I
> really liked this article I found in the SF Chronicle, which tells you a bit
> more about her story and perhaps why she's "taken the world by storm":
> www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=38580
> L-Rod
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
> On Behalf Of Reinhold Metzger
> Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:01 PM
> To: pct-l at backcountry.net; renaif at gmail.com
> Subject: [pct-l] Never, never give up on your dream
>   Say gang,
> Rena was first to post "never, never, give up on your dream" but never 
> got any response, credit  or acknowledgment,...why?
> I think she deserves some credit or at least share it with Donna.
> Sorry Rena it's the nature of the beast....it can be very cruel.
> At least you have my acknowledgment, for what it is worth.
> JMT Reinhold
> ------------------------------------
> Rena wrote:
> [pct-l] never, never give up on your dream
>  *Rena Johnston* renajf at gmail.com 
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> e%20up%20on%20your%20dream&In-Reply-To=>
> /Mon Apr 13 22:01:34 CDT 2009/
> I apologize for being off subject...but if you watch this I think you'll
> realize what a great reminder this is to never, never give up on your
> dream!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY
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