Monday, August 20, 2012

Difficult to climb, easy to fall

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to climb a mountain but how easy it is to fall? Mountain/rock climbing is one of the most grueling, if not dangerous, hobbies/activities/sports in the world. I hiked up a mountain trail in South Africa and that within itself was a task, so I can only imagine how it is to physically climb. It takes a lot of grit, determination, sweat, and maybe even a few tears to reach the top.  It requires stamina, focus, and a little touch of good fortune. These climbers face many obstacles and setbacks inch-by-inch ranging from inclimate weather to small crevices used to wedge their fingers in for grip. It is an arduous task that they go through to reach the apex of their journey. Who can imagine the muscle fatigue and strain that they must feel? All these obstacles that come against them from nature all the way down to their own weary minds can imagineably seem weight-bearing. Everything becomes an obstacle; and many factors arise that ironically seems placed in the way to prevent them from pushing forward.

But what happens, if someone loses grip and fall? Nothing is there to stop him. Just air, space, and ultimately the ground. See how easy it is to fall, when it takes all the work in the world to climb.

I was reminded today, and am a firm believer that when you are on the cusp of greatness, negativity will always find a way to appear and distract you. It is hard to succeed, but easy to fall. When you are on the top of your game, people aim to bring you back down.

Success fights against gravity, a force that pulls you down. Nothing in life that is worth anything comes easily which is why overcoming struggle feels rewarding.

Remember that what may takes years to build could come crumbling down in a heart beat. So, it is important to make sure that the foundation is solid and steady to be able to withstand the quake.

The mountain is symbolic of greatness, and to meet with greatness requires to go through a little struggle, fatigue, and pain. However, the grip must be strong otherwise there is nothing stopping you from hitting the ground.

God Bless

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