Cairns are stacked rock forms that have been created as far back as prehistoric times up to the present day. The word comes from the Gaelic for “heap of stones” and many can be quite beautiful. Properly built cairns help mark trails to keep hikers from getting lost and can endure for decades. Some people stack rocks like this as a form of meditation or as a memorial.
Creating cairns has become a popular pastime for some as a form of relaxation or to signify finding balance. Recently, there has been an effort to discourage travelers from building cairns as their random placement can actually lead someone down the wrong path.
There are so many parallels to these beautiful, functional forms of art and the paths I have taken in my life and those that my clients travel. I am interested in how we determine what is a genuine cairn to guide us on our way and what cairns were unknowingly placed by someone or something to possibly knock us off our path. Cairns like that high-paying job that you were offered that seemed so good on the surface but just wasn’t the right fit, or the person who casually told you in the fifth grade that you weren’t creative and you believed it, or the voice in your own head that says you’re not good enough. True cairns, or false?
Some true cairns that have helped me on my journey:
Knowing my strengths, and using them often
Working with purpose and feeling that what I do makes a difference
Others acknowledging my value, but more importantly recognizing my own value