Monday Motivation: The Mountain Is You

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

Motivation Monday

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).


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?

You are not alone… Keep climbing.

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8 Responses to Monday Motivation: The Mountain Is You

  1. Fabulous..who’s got the rope? Need a push??? Didn’t we just have this conversation? I love it! I needed it too!

    As Always ~*~ and keep climbing!

  2. We did! LOL, I was also writing it AS we were having our conversation! (sigh) It is a reoccurring theme for guides (especially brand spankin’ new ones) and guide trainees (most, if not all).

    We all need to remember that everything can be dealt with, most in good humor and what cannot be dealt with…most of the time, it just can’t- so go around! Just. Don’t. Quit.

  3. Lady, you are asking a lot ;) This just reminds me of my favorite moment from the film “Three Amigos”

    Watch it and don’t be afraid to laugh :)

    • Susan!
      Gasp! (Was I on a roll?! LOL)
      I do tend to get passionate about things… especially if I have cabin fever! Ha!

      But! It is important… in all of our lives.
      There is so much more to us, as people, than we acknowledge I think… I know I have found so much, could I be the only one?…. maybe! LOL
      :) ~Amber-Lee, aka Alaska Chick

  4. I really appreciate this blog. So much doesn’t just apply here in FNSB, but anywhere there are hikers, hunters, campers, fishers – I usually send the newsletters to my daughter in Alabama and nieces in Florida, as well as my sister-in-law in Tennessee.

    I’m neither a guide nor trainee – getting way too old for that at 60! But we are avid motorcycle campers and what applies to horseback camping is very close to what applies to us, as well.

    Thanks for good information, well written and understandable, with a nice touch of humor.

    • Karen,
      What is “FNSB”?
      I could have never imagined it would be compared to motorcycle camping! I can see it perfectly, however. Wow.
      I’m glad you stopped in and hope I’ll get a chance to know you.
      ~Amber-Lee, aka Alaska Chick

  5. i love this! and I find all your monday motivation posts so inspirational. I wanted to let you know that you’ve been nominated: :)

    • Raquel,
      It means so much to me, that Monday Motivation has touched you. On top of that, (and really did I need more?) I am honored you would choose Alaska Chick’s Blog to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      ~ Amber-Lee, aka Alaska Chick!

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