Trekking up the Mountain
One thing I’ve enjoyed is going on walks. Although I don’t do it nearly as often as I should, going for a walk out in the countryside is always nice and relaxing. Whether it’s out in the open plains or walking through a dense forest, it’s good fun. Something about a walk just brings a sense of peace. At least, that’s how I feel when I walk.
Back in 2006/2007, I was able to do the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award (see photo left!) Doing the skill, service and physical activity was fun but it was the expedition that was my favourite. Planning a trek through Český Ráj (Bohemian Paradise) in the Czech Republic was fun. (For those of you who are film buffs, Český Ráj is where some of the Narnia film was filmed). A three-day hike with two nights of camping, out in the middle of the Czech countryside with some villages…one of the best outdoor activities I’ve ever done.
One of the things we had to do was climb up a large hill, almost a mountain. I distinctly remember getting behind my walking buddy to give her a push up the hill because it was large enough and steep enough that her legs were starting to hurt. Working together, we were able to get to the top of the hill and find the campsite we were aiming for.
Still, thinking of those mountains set me thinking. How often do we come across mountains in our own lives? Let’s look at that today.
As I said: how often do we come across mountains? An often tall, immovable mountain that we have to overcome in order to continue along the road of life. I’m sure you can think of a few in your own lives.
Usually our mountain is in the form of a challenge or obstacle that we have to overcome. An uncertain career move, a life event, moving house, etc. Sometimes those mountains are smaller, closer to molehills perhaps, taking on the form of a bad day, a difficult phone call or a negative interaction with a friend or coworker. At other times they are more mindsets or feelings that we have to overcome. You know the kinds of feelings and mindsets that can trap us, keeping us prisoner until we find a way past them.
Whatever our mountain is, it can often seem insurmountable. We feel hopeless and trapped, unable to make it to the summit. It seems too steep and so high that how can we possibly succeed? Surely there is no way that we can make it to the top!
Our mountain becomes our biggest problem…
Climbing the Mountain
When faced with the mountains of life, we have but two choices, really: persist or give up. Unlike real-life mountains, we cannot simply go round them if we think they’re too steep. That means we have to climb it all the way to the summit. No matter how hard or impossible it seems, we have to make the climb.
When reaching the summit seems impossible, how do we climb our mountain? It’s steep, it’s difficult and sometimes the climb can seem overwhelming. How do you get up that mountain?
The simple answer is: step by step.
You keep putting one foot in front of the other, taking one step at a time until you reach the summit. That’s the secret. One step at a time. All it takes: just one step at a time. Step by step, little by little, continuing to put one foot in front of the other all the way. You’ll reach the obstacles – the boulders dotted along the rocky mountain way or the crevasses and fissures in the mountainside – but you will make it.
Sometimes all we need is for a friend to come alongside us and help us through. A helping hand, a little encouragement, something that will spur us on and get us going on our upward climb. Cheering us on or helping us overcome a particular obstacle, it’s something that can help us in our trek. Occasionally that will be all it takes.
One Step at a Time
Whether your mountain is gigantic or whether it is small, keep taking one step at a time and you will make it over. It doesn’t matter how small those steps are as long as you keep taking them. Big steps, little steps, they all amount to the same thing: progress. Sometimes it’s all about allowing others to get alongside you to encourage you in taking those steps. Just see how you go.
At the end of the day, the only one you need to compare yourself to is you. That way you can see how well your steps are going and how much progress you are making.
So keep climbing that mountain one step at a time.
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