A good friend of mine is going to climb Kilimanjaro in a few weeks. What an outstanding accomplishment that will be. This is a guy who always takes on huge physical challenges–marathons, skydiving, sports car racing. I’ve always admired him for these things.
I have to admit when he told me about his climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro I was really humbled. It’s so out of my realm of thinking to even consider doing something like that. I began to judge my own accomplishments in life as small in comparison.
Then it occurred to me. Don’t we all have our own Kilimanjaros? Our very own big hill to climb? I have people close to me that have beat addictions. Many friends who have left very long term relationships to take life on on their own. Neighbors who have lost loved ones way too soon and raised children as single parents. And many men and woman, who like me, took a very long journey to being true to themselves and came out later in life. We all have our Kilimanjaros.
It’s important to remember to be a cheering squad for one another. Support each other. Encourage the journey. Remind each other to simply put one foot in front of the other along the way. Keep your eye on the summit.
You may have to meander around a few boulders but just keep going. The important thing is that you’re taking action towards what you want. You’re challenging your beliefs about what you’re capable of. If I chose to climb Kilimanjaro I would first have to start with overcoming my limiting belief that I can’t do something like that. Once I put that old belief aside and took on a more empowering belief of “yes I can”, then the next thing to do would be to get into action. This is how you create the results you want.
We are probably the quickest to judge the magnitude of our own biggest challenges. It’s very humane to remain humble and see other’s accomplishments as greater than our own. But not at the sacrifice of honoring our own, very big hills to climb. We all have our own Kilimnajaros.
I really do respect my friend for climbing Kilimanjaro. It’s impressive. I’ll be cheering him on in spirit March 6-18. And I honor you and your journey. Comment below and tell me about your own personal Kilimanjaro. What have been your biggest challenges that you’ve summited? Or that you’d like to? Physical challenges, emotional challenges, personal growth challenges….they’re all valuable.
I hope you’ll take the time to honor the person you are who takes on the challenges in your life, big and small, chosen or imposed.
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