I was reading Sharon Blackie’s book If Women Rose Rooted when I read something so entirely profound it’s made me reconsider everything I ever based my faith on. A simple statement that someone mentioned to her in passing; “Life is in the Valley.”
The mountain is where everyone aspires to be; their “I’ve made it” point in life. It’s the direction everyone is walking in.
In Christian circles, the mountain is to be in the presence of God.
In secular thinking, the mountain is the struggle before the place of victory in your life.
There’s probably a mountain you’re walking toward right now – maybe it’s a wedding day, a relationship, a move to another house, a new job, a promotion, a personal victory, a state of health, wellness, etc. Whatever it is, the mountain is your goal and you are walking through the valley to get there. Most of the time, we’re quite content on our journeys but, occasionally, bad weather hits and we resent the journey. Our feet ache. Our backs hurt. The mountain doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. We’re pissed off and these are the times we wonder why the hell we started in the first place.
It’s at times like these we can get disillusioned. We start to view our mountain as the grass being greener, the place we are supposed to be so what the hell are we still doing stuck in this fucking valley? When we reach our goals, life will be better. We will be better. And we can live there in bliss.
So we forego the richness of our current experience in favour of focussing on our lack as opposed to what we are already experiencing.
When we climb a mountain and reach the summit, we do so in order to obtain a clear view of the world around us. We look down at the valley we came from, exclaim how far we have come, enjoy the view, and stay for a little while soaking up the sunshine and the breeze. We congratulate ourselves for our hard work in the ascent before using the view we have to plan our next steps and descend back into the valley.
It’s the same with our goals, our plans, and our desires. You see, in reality, the mountain is quite uninhabitable. Even if we wanted to stay there, metaphorically or literally, it’s unrealistic. It’s exposed to the elements, it’s vast with no sense of bearing, the land is coarse from the vulnerability to nature, and it’s easy to lose a sense of direction. The giddy heights we reach in victory, if we remain, become a hedonistic indulgence that can be damaging to our perspective if we simply stop planning. We become stagnant and we stop moving altogether.
The valley – the place that we sometimes resent – that is where life is. That’s where the rivers flow, the forests flourish, and people thrive. The land is rich and it is guarded from the harshest weathers. The valley is the place we develop our characters and we grow into the people that we need to be in order to truly appreciate the summit when we reach the mountain top.
“There is no desire that anyone holds for any other reason than that they believe they will feel better in the achievement of it…at the heart of every desire is the desire to feel good. The standard of success is absolutely the amount of joy you feel. The basis of life is freedom, and the result of life is expansion – but the purpose of your life is joy. And that is why the main event has never been the manifestation. It has always been the way you feel in the moment…the act of flowing Energy is essential to life.”
~ Abraham Hicks
If you stop moving and remain on the mountain, you stop expanding and growing. Your personal mountain tops should only lead to want you to conquer more mountains – they provide a great vantage point from where you can decide your next victories, your next goals. So, enjoy your victories by all means, but continue walking and go down into the rich flowing life of the valley toward the next mountain – the higher peak, the bigger goal. You can do this.