Today I had the opportunity to fly, and not just anywhere, to the top of the world! A belated birthday gift provided me the opportunity to receive a one-way ticket to heaven. More specifically, a mountain flight that soared around the Himalayan range, including Sagarmatha, more widely known as Mount Everest—the tallest peak in the world.
On the left, Mt Everest – clouds are floating at the top.
With my nose pressed against the glass, my heart beat with joy and wonder. “This is incredible! Amazing! Extraordinary!” The adjectives kept bursting from my mouth as my grin stretched wider and wider, nearly touching my ears. Here I was flying along side some of the most remote, desolate, and invigorating places on the planet. I was in awe…
How easy it was for me to take an hour flight from Kathmandu to the top of the world and back. I didn’t even break a sweat! The whole experience got me thinking about ‘work’ and what it takes for those climbers to get to the summit. The determination. The passion. The commitment. Having done several treks myself I know the satisfaction and empowerment one feels after they’ve trekked their way up a mountain to reach a particular point. I can only imagine the fulfillment a climber must feel after reaching the highest places on the planet!
Looking inward, this led me to think that so often in life we want the goal (the summit) and wish to relish in the glory of the accomplishment. But, most of us wish to do it without breaking a sweat. We rather take the plane or helicopter to the top instead of ‘doing the work’ and getting there ourselves. Then there are times when we become so consumed with ‘craving’ that we find ourselves looking for ways to skip steps and take short cuts because we’re impatient with the process. No plane or helicopter can actually go to the top of Mount Everest because of the low air pressure. It is much less than at sea-level, so it cannot generate lift at those altitudes. This is why they cannot assist climbers who are ill or in trouble on the mountain. As well, if a climber descends too quickly (via air transport) their brain could inflame and potentially kill them.
Ultimately, there’s no short cuts to the top, and this is true in life. If you think you’ve found a way without ‘doing the work’, check to see if there’s integrity behind that path. You don’t want to ascend too quickly and risk getting altitude sickness, ie. overwhelmed. It’s all a process and life is a beautiful journey. There’s a reason for each step and you need to have each experience in order to successfully reach your summit.
As my tour came to a close, I was both excited and sad: Sad to leave such a majestic natural wonder, but excited to return to MY journey and continue taking steps on my path. I know I will reach my goal. All in divine time…
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