I don’t always pose like Usain Bolt, but when I do, I make sure it’s on the highest mountain peak in Jamaica (about 7000ft above sea level).
It took us two tries to get to the peak of this mountain. The first try was thwarted by a landslide about 250 meters from the top! Only in Jamaica…
How often do we have mountain top moments in life? Promotions, achievements, hitting goals, freedom streaks, getting married, having kids, milestones, anniversaries, birthdays, accomplishing dreams, the list goes on.
Have you ever noticed how quickly a mountain top moment disappears? We trekked for hours to get to the top of this mountain in Jamaica, and a few short hours later we were back in the comfort of our home.
I lived a majority of the first 25 years of my life swinging from mountaintop to mountaintop. Searching for the achievement that would finally fulfill me. The accomplishment that would gain the recognition, notoriety, and approval that would make me feel validated, worthy, and loved. I had no time to celebrate my achievements – it was on to the next one immediately after.
Sure, there were valleys along the way too. I lost multiple friends to suicide, had my heart broken, and wrestled with porn day and night.
I just wish someone would have told me that most of life exists in between the valley and the peak. That’s where character is forged. That’s where the day-to-day happens a majority of the time. And it’s where you and I become the men we were made to be.
Whether you’re in a mountaintop season or the valley of the shadow of death – just know it’s only a matter of time before you’re climbing again. And each step and bead of sweat are forging invaluable qualities and characteristics within you that will serve your future more than you know.
Cheering you on,
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