mountain view

mountain view
photo by jill banach

photo by jill banach

Spending time outdoors has given me perspective on life that I would not have received otherwise.

Seeing mountains in the distance and the what seems like the whole world below you can make you feel so small. While this may sound belittling, it is one of the most empowering thoughts I’ve ever come across. It is comforting to know that whatever happens to us, there is always something bigger happening in the world. Not that any of our individual struggles or feats are insignificant, but when we feel like the “whole world is crashing down on us,” recognizing that it is not, and knowing that, in fact, the world will go on, offers such comfort.  The earth remains constant no matter what details are occurring in each of our lives. The sun will still rise, the mountains will still stand, the wind will still blow.

This idea has helped me release my worries about events in my life that I cannot control and has offered me peace even when my life is not going as planned.

Likewise, it is important to remain grounded, even when we have succeeded. It is wonderful to be happy and proud of ourselves (well we should be) but also remember that the world, again, will go on as it always has. When we get too consumed in our personal goals, we may forget that there are bigger things happening outside of our fingertips and our own lives.

It all goes back to balance. It’s great to be proud of our individual endeavors, but we should not be so consumed by them that they define us and we forget about other people and the world we’re living in. The whole purpose of life is not to compete for the largest number of achievements. The earth needs kind people, not materialistic people. Again, having goals and expectations for ourselves is an important thing, but it’s not the only thing.

Likewise, it’s okay to feel down or sad or frustrated during difficult times, but don’t forget that time cures all, and we may be building our battles up into more than they’re worth. Sometimes we bring things out of proportion when we dwell on them. I am the first one to admit that I am the biggest offender of this. I have noticed that I used to get upset about little things that I now realize I didn’t have control over or that are insignificant in the grand scheme of my life and on an even broader scale, the world. I am one person. You are one person. There is only so much either of us can do. We can only do the best we can every single day. And accept that some days are better than others. That’s the beauty of life.

I resonate with the quote, “This too shall pass.” It means that whether good or bad, this will be over soon. So enjoy the good and try to look past the bad. It all changes so quickly. When you are on top of the world, soak it in. When you are at your lowest, remember that we all have felt those feelings too. We can use this message to connect us. We should embrace the fact that we all have highs, and we all have lows. No one is alone.

It takes these difficulties and accomplishments from each and every person to contribute to this earth. We are all part of that puzzle. We need each other to learn from and grow with.

We can all stand on each other’s backs and see more sights the world has to offer than we ever thought possible. Yes, I have been humbled by the Mountain View.

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