|Posted by peggyholloway62 on September 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM|
One day while painting a landscape, I decided to put in one of those really high mountains like you see in the Rockies, the ones with snow on top. It was one of those spring days, perfect for painting outside. I was working on the patio, and Confederate Jasmine covered the fence surrounding the patio. While I was putting on the snow with a knife, like icing a cake, I began to think about mountains and mountain hiking. I had hiked up mountains all over the United States when I was in my twenties and thirties.
One thing I always noticed while hiking up a mountain was that the higher you hike, the less growth there is. When you reach tree line, there is no growth at all, just solid rock with maybe some snow on top. As you hike back down you will notice that there is more growth the lower you go. The most growth is in the valley. As soon as the word “growth” entered my mind, it set my thinking off in another direction, that of inner personal growth.
Being on top of the mountain is nice. You can see for miles and miles. You can look down and see where you came from. You can get perspective. In the valley, you can’t see much of anything. Your view is blocked out by the trees. I can remember the times I have been in the valley while going through life’s trials and tribulations and not knowing which way to turn. After going through this valley, when I was able to climb up that mountain, I was always able to look back down and get perspective. I could see where I took the wrong path and I was able to grow from the experience.
I once shared this with a psychologist I was in private practice with, and he said, “What about the journey itself, up and down the mountains? Don’t you think that is as important as being on top or in the valley?” I agreed with him, the journey is the important thing.
We all know that no one has a smooth journey. We have hills and valleys, highs and lows, and it’s the journey itself that is important.
I believe if we keep in mind, that this up and downhill journey we are on is for the purpose of growth, we can be at peace within ourselves and have no need to use any of the distractions invented by man.