7 miles of mountain gratitude

I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with my daughter today. I decided that we were going to take a long hike. Deer Springs trail is located in Idyllwild California, and it starts out by going pretty much straight up. So in the beginning, she was struggling. I kept telling her “you are stronger than you think you are,” to the point where she was getting quite annoyed with my motivational prompts.

Even though she found it hard, she pushed through anyway. We climbed up 3.5 miles to this view:


And here is a view of the village of Idyllwild below:


The lesson is so beautiful and true. When we just keep going, taking just one more step past the point where we think we can’t go any further, something amazing happens:

We grow.

We discover a reservoir of strength inside us that we didn’t know was there before. This can easily be translated over into emotional and spiritual growth. When life hits us, and we feel exhausted, and feel like we can’t take another step, but we keep going anyway, then we can reach inner heights more beautiful than any physical mountain we could ever climb.

Having a mountain to climb is a perfect mirror of this inner process.

“The Mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir.

And here we are at the top:


In the end, I have given her and myself a tangible lesson:

We can climb any mountain because the strength we have within is bigger than any obstacle we might face in life.

For this lesson, I am grateful.


copyright 2018 Danny Skyfeather

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