Sunday, February 03, 2008

Life is Like a Mountain

In my never ending quest to stay (get) in shape and lose those 20 pounds I need to lose before mid-March (which, incidentally, isn't likely to happen), I got up early this morning to hike one of my favorite (and toughest) trails in the valley. We have a mountain that is located in the center of metropolitan Phoenix named Squaw Peak - it's just over one mile straight up. I've been hiking Squaw Peak since I was a kid. As I was hiking this morning, listening to my iPod and reflecting - I was thinking that there is much about hiking the mountain that mirrors life. As people were passing me on the trail, I thought about how when I was younger, it would bother me if I didn't stay ahead of the pack. I was competitive and driven and it was all about finishing first. Today, it's not about being first to the finish line, it's just about finishing. There are points in the hike where my legs are so tired I'm not sure I can keep going. Yet, I remind myself to take it one step at a time. Much like those days I'm tired, frustrated and sad and I don't think I can do this anymore. I've learned to take it one day at a time. There are places along the trail where the path is flat and relenting much like those times when Jack is doing well and life is calm and uneventful. The flat paths and the uneventful days are times to rest, reflect and re-energize so that you can keep on keeping on. Attaining the ultimate goal - the top of the mountain - brings about such a sense of accomplishment and peace. As for the ultimate goal in life - I believe that is yet to come. However, moments of accomplishment and peace are abundant and it's important to recognize and savor those moments atop the mountain we call Life.

Enjoying the moments ..............


Peaceful moments ~ Sunrise on Squaw Peak


The Phoenix Valley


Surrounded by mountains


Super Bowl moments ~
(don't they look excited to be watching the game?!)


Silly moments ~
(yes, that's underwear on his head!)



Jack is doing a little better, but he still has his moments of distress. (Edit: I've been up since 3am suctioning and giving breathing treatments. What a great way to start out the week.) I'm still not sure what's going on, but if it's something viral, he should be making a turn for the better this week. Hoping for a good week . . . one day at a time.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to climb that Mountain with you!! What a beautiful view.

By the way the game was much more exciting at our house surrounded by NY Giants fans!

Maureen

Anonymous said...

Those pics are beautiful. Your words are beautiful as well.

I hope that Jack feels better soon.

Love,
Tess

j worthington said...

Lovely pics, and lovely words. I'd love to join you on that mountain.

Hope Jack is feeling better soon. Give him a big hug from Sam.

Juliex

Anonymous said...

I hope that Jack is over this virus soon. He deserves a break from feeling yucky!

Have a great week!
kristy

Cindy said...

The higher the mountain, the better the view.

Anonymous said...

You go girl! We are going to climb that together next time I come out.

ME