Descending Down Your Mountains
Trekking up a mountain is a big deal (even Shaun King is doing it!).
I didn’t realize the magnitude of that statement until I actually reached the summit of Mt. Toubkal in Morocco.
But what I didn’t expect was that the descent down the mountain would be just as hard (if not harder).
After reaching the summit (13,671 ft), I assumed it to be smooth-sailing from there on out. I mean, the difficult part had to be over? Right?
The journey back down to camp was just as draining — both physically and mentally.
The slopes seemed steeper, the rocks seemed bigger and the backpack seemed heavier.
Yes, I had accomplished my “goal” of reaching the summit, but was that really my end-goal?
My vision was short-sighted and I didn’t see the entire picture.
I forget sometimes that when I climb a “mountain”, I still need to make the trek back down.
I’ve had a few mountains that I’ve had to ‘descend’ in the past: mission trips, projects at work, family conflicts that needed resolution.
All require focus, intentionality, perseverance and a few band-aids.