“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” - Nelson Mandela
One of my field trips in school involved climbing a hill. I grew up in the beautiful Appalachian mountains but never appreciated their beauty until I was away from them. I remember getting very tired on the hill climbing expedition and couldn’t see the point. The teacher had her hands full with all of us and she did not explain the purpose of the climb. Had she done so, it would have been more interesting and perhaps I would have found myself repeating the experience throughout life.
Dear Angels, sometimes we participate in an exercise but do not appreciate the purpose of it. To this day I still do not fully understand rock climbing. I know that it is a beautiful view once you get to the top. I also understand the feeling of accomplishment at doing something physically challenging. I believe that one has to have an understanding while still at the bottom of the hill as to what the purpose is to do the climbing. Without a purpose, one loses motivation.
Dear Ones, without a purpose you may be like the hill climber that reaches the top of the hill and enjoys the victory of conquering the hill but looks around and sees only more hills to climb in every direction. It can seem quite overwhelming and futile to keep moving forward. There will only be more hills, right? However, if one has a goal of climbing a particular hill and succeeds, then there is more of a thrill of achievement. The purpose is clear, the win is evident even though you are the only climber. This is how your human life is, Dear One. It is not a competition, nor is it just there for you to climb with no specific purpose. You are not on earth to just survive having lived a day at a time, although many of you treat your life that way. You make it through a day of school, or complete the allotted time before you can punch the time clock and leave, then repeat the same pattern the next day. You are motivated by the reward you receive attached to the achievement of the “climb” or attaining the goal you set of making it through a day and thus you receive compensation for your time and effort. We encourage you to look at your reward that you receive for making it through each day that you live while on earth. What is the purpose of putting in the effort required to make it through the day? What reward do you receive once you reach the top? Do you simply fall in bed, exhausted by the very effort and not understanding what the meaning of the climb was? And are you overwhelmed at the thought that there are more hills to climb? Dear Ones, we encourage you to put some thought into the reason behind your life – the why of being you and taking on the hills to climb. Once you find the purpose, you will appreciate the beauty you find at the top of each hill.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to have more appreciation every day for the hills I climb and to approach the next one with determination and excitement.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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