Up the Mountain Path

May 25th, 2010  ·  posted in Blog by Greg

Many of us find ourselves practicing or training for an event or adventure.  We set a goal for ourselves, focus in, and do the things that will prepare us to achieve our goal.  It may take weeks, or months, or even years to get to the place we want to be, but what is important is that we keep on – driving our feet towards our destination.

Finally, the day comes when we are ready to achieve our goal.  We make our final preparations, and then we head out, confident in our abilities to achieve what we have trained so hard for. The journey can start in so many ways, but we’re all making our way up the mountain path.  Then, with all of our training and preparation behind us, we seize the opportunity to achieve our goal.  We did it.

But rarely do we hear about the rest of the story. What happens after we reach the summit?  The excitement and adventure have been reduced if not evaporated completely.  We start making our way back down to the valley where we started.

I’m working my way through another one of Dan Millman’s books called No Ordinary Moments, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  At the introduction to the second part of the book, Up the Mountain Path, a verse caught my attention.  I think it gives us a good idea about why we do the things we do, and how we can start to bring our adventures home with us:

You cannot stay on the summit forever;
you have to come down again.
So why bother in the first place?
Because what is below does not know what is above,
but what is above knows what is below.
One climbs, one sees.
One descends, one sees no longer,
but one has seen.
There is an art of conducting oneself
in the lower regions
by the memory of what one saw higher up.
When one can no longer see,
one can at least still know.
– Mt. Analogue


  1. Yeah!
    And you must share with others your vision, your memory, that is your duty, to inspire others to climb their own mountains, sail their own seas, and laugh and love and bring forth the light!

    Comment by Rok — May 25, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

  2. Though, share your visions with an internal sense of humor, for they are yours and based on your expirience and understandings… One should not take himself too seriously, for life is an adventure of perception. Significance is our decision.

    Comment by Yuv — June 26, 2010 @ 5:25 am

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