I’m sure many of you know the song “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music (one of my favorite movies)…those who know me, know that song is my least favorite from the WHOLE movie!! I’m content to just push fast-forward and skip those 4 minutes of the movie. However, that song holds some awesome truths.
In the song, it talks about no matter what comes you’ve gotta get through it to reach your dreams. When you have an end goal in sight, things (stumbling blocks) are going to pop up along your path. These may be sickness, lacking funds, a time delay, a friend who needs you and your attention must be temporarily redirected, it may be a “fad” of the day that distracts, a TV show, a computer game, a book, a hike, a car, anything and everything can be a road block to our dreams. We have to decide if we want to climb them, or just get stuck.
The reason so many people get “stuck” in life…they’ve let the road blocks win. They have chosen their dream is not worth the effort to push a little harder, a little further, to achieve the goal. Often people compare life to a mountain…rough on the way up, but well worth the view from the top. The question…what keeps people from going to the top? The rough places…it gets rough…people may get hurt, tears may fall, scars may form. Those who want to see their dream come to be (see the view from the top) have to keep pushing no matter how badly they want to give up.
Last spring, my best friend and I went rock climbing…that was a first experience for me! 🙂 I’m adventurous at heart, but that’s a sport I’d never seen myself doing before, except I found out that I LOVE it!! Well, when rock climbing they have different levels of difficulty and they’re marked. I have the mindset “use whichever holds get me to my goal”, and use almost any of them to get me to the top.
My friend…the little sweetheart…doesn’t!! I’d be climbing and you’d hear that voice from the floor going “That’s the wrong color, you’re not supposed to be over there” I would call back “Yes, I know…but it’s easier to use that one.” But ya know what…the most rewarding climbs weren’t the easy ones. I’d get to the top thinking to myself “Okay, so you’re here…now what?” The most memorable climbs, the ones I recall most vividly…are the ones he made me promise to use only my color and pick a challenging climb for where I was at. I’d get about 3/4 of the way up (so close to my goal) and I could feel myself giving up. Feel myself trying to sell myself on just being lowered back to the ground. I’d tell myself softly “there’s always next time. I’ll climb all the way next time”. And yes, there were a couple that I’d be lowered back to the ground to attempt and achieve on the next climb…but the climbs most remembered is when I’d call down “You can let me down now” and his reply was “You can keep going. You’re almost there. Try to use…” and he’d coach from below.
Reaching the top…my heart soared. I knew I’d accomplished something, stretched myself, breathed through the pain of screaming arm and finger muscles, shaking leg muscles…and made it. I’d touched to top of the wall. I’d reached my goal.
Life lesson…from my view it looked impossible. I thought I’d tried every foothold, tried every possible solution and had given my 100%. From below…he could see things I was missing, could logically think through what I was experiencing and help me move beyond myself. Translate this into life…when we’re walking along our road we’re going to come to the place where we’ve given it our all, we’re tired and feeling like we’re unable to go on. And then, along comes our friend…with a supporting hand and an encouraging voice they call to us. Telling us it’s only a little further, it’s only a little more pushing and then…there’s the magic of the top. I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to reach the top knowing I didn’t give up on myself, didn’t give in when the going got tough and that I accomplished more than I thought I could. I was made of tough stuff.
We’re all made of tough stuff. It’s having the friends along the journey, to encourage and walk beside you! The friends may never know that what they’re saying is sinking deeply into our hearts, but it does. I’ve not been rock climbing for over 8 months…but I’ve not forgotten the lessons learned in that moment. The important things in life aren’t the struggles, but what we learn in those struggles. The friends we have to count on, the inner determination and strength to push just a little further and then the joy that floods our hearts when we realize for ourselves that we are able to achieve anything we want as long as we set our mind to it!!
Also, word of encouragement…keep your friends close. They are the ones who will help push you when you find you’re running out of steam. Especially if they have a competitive nature…1/2 the reason why I’d push myself further on those courses was because I wanted to prove to him I could do it…but whatever the reason, he got his lesson across…climbing every mountain…reaches my dreams!! 😀 It’s an awesome feeling when you hit the top, sweaty and tired…it’s a good feeling knowing you reached the end, worked hard and accomplished what you were going for.
Never give up on yourself, you’re worth so much more than that!! Find a goal, and strive for it with everything in you!!!