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You Cannot Lower Your Mountain, But You Can Elevate Yourself

March 4, 2014

The title of this piece is the overall theme of the Spinning Rabbi.  It has been on the site since the beginning.  I think it’s time to reprint it as a reminder for all of us.  It helps put our climb/journey in an empowering perspective.

Your mountain is the metaphor for your life’s journey.  The climb indicates the challenges and struggles.

You were born at the base of your mountain and the human you were destined and created to become is waiting for you at the top of your mountain.  At the top of your mountain is not a pot of gold, but a pot for you to deposit all the nuggets of gold, mined from all of your experiences, you collected along the way.  Think of the journey in that way.

On your journey, every step has a reason. Every person or event is presented to you for a reason. You may not know the reason. You do know, or should come to know, that it is either for the benefit of others, or to further prepare you for your purpose and mission, or both. Every challenge, test, or struggle may not be what you want. It is what you need or are needed for, at that moment.

You have free will; therefore you have the choice as to how you respond in all situations, whether it be in inter-personal relationships, athletics, career, etc.  With free will, know that there will be times when you may make the wrong choice and take the wrong turn. Be confident that there will be signs along the way directing you back as long as you look for them.

Adopting this “your mountain” attitude, will assist you in fulfilling your potential in everything you do. If you always strive to reach your fullest potential available to you at every moment, you will train yourself to do that in all that you do. You will then realize that you can find joy in all that comes your way once you recognize that it is ultimately for the good.

Knowing that the true you, your ultimate potential, awaits you at the top of “Your Mountain”, should inspire you to continue the climb. Accept that every challenge and struggle on the way up is there to strengthen, teach, and prepare you for you.  It’s there to prepare you for the next struggle.   Accepting that will give you the courage and strength coupled with the excitement to take on all that comes your way. You will learn to relish each challenge as you get stronger and wiser each time you take it on.  Just as an athlete looks forward (not without some degree of fear, hence the adrenaline rush) to the next competition.

Think of “your mountain” as a series of hill and plateaus. Each hill is the struggle, followed by a plateau where you can digest the accomplishment and prepare for the next hill.

The ultimate goal of getting to the top is the goal of discovering you. You will get there by tapping in to the all that’s available to you at every moment in all that you do.  All that you do means just that, in and with everything and everyone that comes your way.  Elevating yourself means constantly tapping into to your other-centric giving you. This is  the prevailing theme of all that you see on this site. This can become your mantra,

“I cannot lower my mountain, but I can always elevate myself.”

Heart and Soul

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Gloria G. permalink
    March 4, 2014 3:46 pm

    I love this one. You should put some of these sayings in a written book on “Positive Thinking”

  2. March 4, 2014 11:49 am

    Fred-you exemplify this so much…you’re such an inspiration. Thanks for our friendship.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      March 4, 2014 11:52 am

      Thank you. I’m honored to be considered a friend of yours

  3. Sheri M. permalink
    March 4, 2014 8:36 am


  4. JohnB. permalink
    March 4, 2014 8:27 am

    Heart and Soul! Rock and Roll!

  5. Wayne permalink
    March 4, 2014 7:30 am

    The all time classic !

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