Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Climb every mountain...

Yes, I do love The Sound of Music. Have I succeeded in getting my boys to watch it with me yet? No. But that isn't the point of this post.

What is the point?

Have you ever gone on a really hard, long hike? And you keep thinking, "this was supposed to be a fun little jaunt up the mountain, and I feel like I've been hiking forEVER!" And soon, the treeline has disappeared, and you're dragging your sorry butt across rock and shale with a frigid wind beating against you, and you start to feel like you're a pioneer trudging to unchattered lands and you might have to lay down and die right then and there?

NO? Really, was it just me?

Okay, I might have been twelve or thirteen, and we were hiking Table Rock (the second highest peak next to the Grand Teton in that range), and I might have had a flair for the dramatic. BUT. The point is that when I finally did make it to the very top (shockingly, still alive!), WOW. It was amazing. All my exhaustion and complaints disappeared, and I was left with a sense of accomplishment and peace and excitement to see the world from this new, incredible vantage point. And then my sisters and cousins and I ran all the way back down the mountain, our adrenaline pumping and our faces plastered with perma-grins.

The point is that if we keep climbing, we will eventually reach the summit and find out what the view is like from up there. Even if it means going above the treeline and pushing on through wind, cold, and exhaustion.

What mountains are you climbing right now?

9 comments:

i'm erin. said...

agreed! You can do it sara. ONe day I will be name dropping you like mad because I know you're going to pub big. luv erin.

Ruth Josse said...

Reminds me of Frodo climbing that dang mountain. If he can make it, so can I. :) "It'll be worth it" is a mantra I need to repeat to myself often.

DL Hammons said...

I'm climbing the same mountain as you...and enjoying every step! :)

Elle Strauss said...

I'm actually looking forward to a break from the Climb over Christmas. Then in the new year, it's back with all the gear on!

Jessica Silva said...

haven't ever seen the top of the mountain, but I'm trudging along down here with much anticipation :)

Carolyn V said...

We did some hiking in Southern Utah, worst hike I ever did. Almost didn't make it!

I'm trying to climb over that last chapter before submitting my ms. ;)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Great post. I loved the Sound of Music when I was younger. Still do! :) Although I appreciate the love story much more now.

And I'm trying to climb over that nasty submission process to editors. :P Someday I'll make it! :D

Russo said...

LOVE this thought, it really fits for anything that you face in life. I admire you, girl. You are proof that if you work hard, you can reach your goals.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Such a great analogy! The mountain I'm climbing right now is one full of all the responsibilities I need to deal with BEFORE I can get on to writing my next book. And boy, does it feel like a huge mountain!