The mountain is you. The great climb, is our own acknowledgement of who and what we are, what we are willing to give, learn and do, to summit the great mountain of our own thoughts.
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
~ Edmund Hillary
There is so much beautiful and good in the world. There are happy moments and moving ones. We have incredible successes, personally and professionally, tiny ones and huge ones.
There are also things, events, circumstances and even people, that are disheartening, undermining, hurtful, crushingly heavy and very, very real.
What will you do?
I think not.
There is so much more to do! (Even if it is only, “keep climbing.”)
Fear, pain, shame, ignorance, lack of physical strength and heartbreak have no permanent hold on you (me). They only have the power that you (I, myself) give them.
The mountain that looms in front of you (or I) or inside of you (or I), is just there. It can (and will) be scaled or gone around… it just is. You, seeing it, feeling it, give it all of its power over you.
It isn’t easy. Motivation Monday is meant to inspire you and keep you moving forward, towards that bright light, that fresh air that can only be found at the top of those mountains, whatever form they take. But it isn’t always easy. And it certainly doesn’t start easy, with that first soul bruising mountain.
Everything there is, in this world, good and bad, is inside of you (and me). Everything. The answers, the strength, the healing, all that can be learned; it is all inside of us. Every piece of lost knowledge, every motion we make; our souls and bodies remember.
There is so much that is hard and hurtful that happens, to us, in the world, that it crushes some people. To allow it to “crush” us, we are giving up. “Giving up” is simply a emotional way of saying “I quit.”
To dwell on set backs, to wallow in your past failures, without studying them, learning what works and doesn’t work, understanding why it didn’t work, making a new plan to attack that mountain…
Well, then you’ll be stuck feeling all those feeling that you CHOOSE to feel. You choose not to try again. You choose not to learn more. You choose not to forgive a person who has hurt your heart. You choose to feel everything you feel. You choose to move forward… or not.
What will you choose today? Will you conquer yourself? Will you climb the mountain in front of you?