On Climbing To The Goal: Mountains Made of Sand

“…sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand…” – Carrie Underwood, So Small

The excuse we give ourselves for seeking goals is that they will add up. Each little milestone will add up as part of the great life goal. And that, we tell ourselves, is why the goal is so important.

If you climb to the top of this mountain, then you will be able to climb to the top of the next one, until you climb the tallest mountain in the world and get on Oprah, and your third grade teacher will call you to tell you that you are cool.

But this is a white lie to make the mountain seem worth climbing.

The truth is that all the moments add up to the big goals, and to the little ones. Every moment of life matters – not because of achievements, but because they are all part of the tapestry of life. They are life.

The point of attaining the goals is not really ‘the big goal’, someday. The real point is the act of reaching, doing, progressing.

Reaching for the top of the mountain is just a justification for the climbing – sweating, dirt under nails, muscles aching, sun warm on your back, and mind completely clear.

Once you’ve climbed the mountain and look back, it turns out that it was just a pile of sand. There’s a good reason.

What matters in life is not really standing on top of mountains.

It’s enjoying the feel of the sand.

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