mountain

Climb every mountain
Search, high and low
Follow every byway
Every path you know

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I LOVE to start a good post off with a memorable song. I remember singing “Climb Every Mountain” when I was in elementary school and I always love to hear it on the classic movie ‘Sound of Music’. Today it seemed most fitting for what my recent life experience has been.

The last few weeks have been quite interesting for me. My plate is feeling much more full than I care for it to be, but I’m remaining optimistic in that I know this too shall pass. Yesterday, I made a pretty tough decision on something I was toiling with and somewhere in my decision-making it made me think about the different challenges I’ve experienced over the years. I compared those challenges to mountains and how I had no choice but to figure out a way to get past each of them.

What was my approach? I chose to climb them. I wanted to get to the other side of the challenge therefore I needed to be strategic on how I would successfully climb each mountain. Each planned step in my strategy was a stake I planted; sometimes soundly and other times maybe not in such solid areas of my mountain. In those more hollow areas, I had to re-evaluate the situation and find another place to position my stake. Surprisingly, I’m alive and well today, thus I can say, I’ve climbed over some mountains in my life. You can say the same as well. You’re reading this today, positioned differently than you were years, months, even days ago. You’ve overcome some things in your life, even if you’re facing a new mountain today. Some may argue why not just walk around the mountain? Well, my response is, think how much stronger I’ll be on the other side when I’ve used more muscle, more tenacity, more determination, more will power to get to the other side of the mountain.

The key to the idea of climbing mountains and the resonating point is that there will always be a mountain that presents itself. Sometimes you’ll see it closer down your path and other times it may be too foggy to see until you walk closer to your life’s destination. Either way, you have one of two choices. Climb the mountain or keep looking from the bottom wondering what the other side looks like. Know that every mountain isn’t the same height, length, or depth, therefore your plan to overcome must be keenly tailored to each new challenge. It doesn’t matter if the new mountain looks like the highest mountain you’ll ever have to climb. You can and will. Your approach will need to be different, but you can.

Today if you’re facing a new mountain, remember the previous mountains that you overcame. You were able to pay that bill; to pass that test; get that job; switch careers; work out that relationship. The new mountain is just another opportunity for you to realize your strength, potential and determination that was given to you. Claim your victory!

Until the next post, passionistos and passionistas, keep pushing and climb on!