I have been working with someone who is going through some pretty serious personal challenges. And while he is making serious progress, he said to me that he just wishes everything could be going well and there wouldn’t be any serious problems in his life.
I know what he’s talking about. Do you ever feel that way? I’ll bet you do.
But problems, difficulties, barriers, mountains, if you like, also have important benefits and we need to keep them in mind when we’re complaining about how life is treating us. I have a whole chapter on this in Never Quit Climbing but let me share a couple of positives with you.
Mountains help us see with bigger, broader perspective. The analogy is obvious when we think of mountains of granite. I love being at high altitude, especially on a summit, and getting to now look scores of miles into the distance. The views are often breathtaking.
But when we climb a personal mountain, we can also gain much greater insight about people, life and what it means to go through pain ourselves. Our viewing point is now way above all the details of life down below. Which leads to a second benefit.
Mountains prepare and strengthen us for future situations. These might be challenges we face or ones we help others get through. But our climb can turn into experience, wisdom and expertise that we wouldn’t have had before our trek up that personal summit. Those new insights are now more powerfully shared or exercised because we’ve now been up a mountain.
Yes, every climb will have its uniquenesses, but experience is a huge teacher and mentor in some way on every trek after the first one. We become more ready to face even tougher challenges.
Mountains are usually hard, steep and relentless at times. But remember the benefits. They will probably come in handy and pay great dividends down the road.
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