Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nepal 2012 Millions of Steps

I learned early in life that big Life-Goals are seldom reached unless we slice that Life-Goal into smaller steps and we work consistently to achieve those smaller steps... never losing sight of that big Life-Goal.

This truism was relevant for climbing mountains in Nepal, but also relevant for our own personal life goals.


Goal:   Climb Island Peak Mountain at 6189m (20,305ft)

This goal would be intimidatingly impossible if I thought of the overall commitment:
  • Live immersed in the 3rd world for a month
  • Persevere though extreme and harsh physical conditions
  • Trek 244kms (152miles) through rugged mountains near the top of the world
  • Climb a VERTICAL 26kms (16miles) ... equivalent to 31 trips UP the highest building in the world
  • At age 62
  • With a colostomy 





Sounds impossible, but I could target and handle...

  • One day at a time
  • The climbing-pitch in front of me, without thinking of the many climbing-pitches to come
  • The effort to reach the next ridge, ignoring the hundreds of ridges ahead of me
  • The 20 paces to that next rock, disregarding the thousands of paces remaining
  • The next single step - lungs aching for oxygen - brain demanding 'GO' - legs screaming 'NO'








 


To climb Island Peak seemed impossible. 

But one step at a time, 

for millions of steps, 
brought me to 
the Summit of Island Peak.










And so with life ...


Daunting life-changing goals
seem impossible to achieve

But with small steps
in the right direction every day
we can achieve our Life-Goals


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2 comments:

  1. Hi Paul,

    Another inspiring post! I love reading about your Nepal adventure. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. There are quite a few steps to do to accept the award and they can be found on my most recent blog post:

    http://ostomyoutdoors.com/2013/05/01/so-honored/

    No worries if you don’t have time to go through that process. I am just excited to share your site with my readers along with the reasons I love it so much.

    Cheers,
    Heidi

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  2. Hi Paul,

    I love reading about your Nepal adventures! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. There are quite a few steps to do to accept the award and they can be found on my blog post here:

    http://ostomyoutdoors.com/2013/05/01/so-honored/

    No worries if you don’t have time to go through that process. Just wanted to let my readers know about your amazing site and how inspiring it is.

    Cheers,
    Heidi

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