The Truth about Reaching the Top

top of the mountainWe live our lives telling ourselves we need to climb to the top of the mountain. We are always striving for the top, and we are convinced, as the trail takes an unexpected turn, as the path in front of us is blocked, as storms rage on, that we will never make it there.

And if we do, then what? We look at the beautiful view, say we made it, and that’s all there is to do?

We’re missing the bigger picture. Life is not about climbing to the top of the mountain – it’s about exploring the entire mountain range. We reach the top and have a moment of pride when we look back and see all that we’ve been and done and gone through to get to where we are. Then, with courage in our hearts, we take the next step on a new adventure.

Over and over, there will always be a new adventure ahead of us. Each adventure will be unique, and will come with its own accomplishments, struggles, and lessons. There are a few simple reminders that will keep us moving forward to the next mountain, no matter what we encounter along the way.

Be grateful.

Be compassionate.

Be patient.

Be forgiving.

Be you.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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2 thoughts on “The Truth about Reaching the Top

  1. Melanie Deardorff

    Love the analogy of a mountain top and the broader mountain range. It reminds me that instead of thinking, “What next?” (when I accomplish something) — I should be thinking, “What else?” (other discoveries along the way).

  2. Melissa Brown, MD

    Sort of like missing the forest for the trees, there’s a whole mountain range with lots of mountains that together form that mountain range–each mountain unique and challenging in its own way. And as Melanie Deardorff who commented before this one, let’s ask ourselves, “What else?” what else can we discover, accomplish, and create along the mountain range? Thanks, Xandra!


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