Mountain Tops

10-1-11

Dreams are easily fulfilled in mountaintop experiences.

The grandeur of it all overwhelms you and there is no higher point to which to go. This mountain has reached its limit and you are right there at its summit to breathe it all in. All this, however, does not mean that suddenly all other mountains cease to exist. They do exist and there will almost always be one higher than the one you are currently on. It may be the one on the other side of the valley, or the one of faded blue on the distant horizon.

On the mountain you are on the beauty is overwhelming, but the higher you go the more you are taken back. Here then lies a question; on which summit will the grandeur be enough? You climb higher to heighten your dream ‘one more time’, but will the beauty on the next mountain be enough? We must be very careful to answer this because beauty grows with danger. The highest of mountains are the coldest, windiest, and most dangerous of them all. It is on these mountains that many men die, and many dreams end.

And so with this in mind I ask: is it ok to dream and take in the beauty of a lower mountain when you know it is enough to satisfy you?

*It is always interesting to me to be able to look back a year from today and see how much has changed. It is amazing to me how much I have changed since last year. My focus then was on the hurt I had received in my past, where now my focus is on the hope for the future. So as I read this I think of one thing: one must be careful in striving for higher beauty because in the striving one must make sure it is worth the risk. Somethings are not worth the risk, and some are. Before one climbs higher they must decide if that climb is worth the risk. If it is they should press on with all that they are, if not then one should take in the beauty at hand, never letting it go. I, for one, have found beauty worth risking all for, so I will climb higher.* 

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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

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