Ma­hen's Di­ary

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Stand­ing on a ridge, the world slop­ing down­wards on both sides. The sky grew dark and the heav­ens opened up. The canopy swayed un­der the force of the wind, but stand­ing be­low it, there was only a cold whis­per.

I looked back, men­tally trac­ing the trail be­hind me all the way back to the start­ing point. Hun­dreds of years of com­pacted earth, un­der the feet of those who have tread the same path; war­riors seek­ing re­venge on another tribe, a mother and a sick child seek­ing med­i­cal help, a farmer with the weight of his rat­tan bas­ket cut­ting into his shoul­der, a for­est ranger guid­ing a team of vol­un­teers to con­duct med­i­cal clin­ics at each vil­lage, and then there’s us.

The trail must have changed over time, small de­tours be­came new routes, new struc­tures re­plac­ing old paths, but we walk in the com­pany of gi­ants who walked be­fore us. I am re­minded of the wise words at the en­trance of na­tional parks in Sabah, ‘Take noth­ing but mem­o­ries and leave noth­ing but foot­prints.’

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