I believe the expression “do not beat about the bush” comes from someone who is reluctant to face the truth but is rather being circumventing. It is also called prevarication. Well, this applies to everyone more often than we care to admit.
Humans are not very good at addressing weaknesses that point inwardly to themselves. When confronted with our shortcomings, we are quick to find a substitute and put the blame from the ensuing guilt on someone else. And we got this award-winning formula from the first man, Adam.
You remember the story from the Bible when man partook of the fruit from the tree that was in the midst of the Garden of Eden, against prior instructions forbidding it. When he found himself naked before the Lord, he retreated into the bush and got himself covered by an apron made from leaves. That is the substitution part.
But it did not stop there. When he was confronted about it, he squarely put the blame on God and the woman. He accused God of giving him the woman, yet Adam, the man, was the one who declared Adam, the woman, as flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. By the way, the woman at this point was not yet called Eve. Oops! Now, I’m prevaricating. Let us go back to the story. Adam criticized the woman for giving him the fruit to eat yet he could have said no. Anyway, such is the beginning of pushing blame on someone or something else instead of looking the issue in the eye and get to deal with it.
So what has this to do with hiking? Everything. A lot of people admire an outdoors lifestyle. But few are willing to venture out beyond their driveway. A plethora of excuses follow the failure, and an opportunity is lost to interact with nature in a juicy, intimate way.
And if you do not know how to go about it, commit it to God instead of beating about the bush. Wear an apron of courage instead of an apron of leaves. Be willing to take baby steps and learn. Nature is waiting to be discovered by you and I. Let us venture out.