“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
It’s all about the process rather than the destination. Essentially that is what actor Andy Rooney is saying in today’s quote. The question is why does everyone want to live there at the top when you often here that it is so lonely there. And when you make it there what is next for you? Before long you will become antsy and wanting something more and there might not be. Besides there is only one way off of that mountain and that is down.
Andy Rooney mentions that happiness and growth occurs while we are climbing that mountain. But hoe often do we realize it or if we do take the time to celebrate it? Probably not as much as we should. Life is not a 40 yard dash, it is a marathon. It has its peaks and valleys. If we stop to take it all in once in a while we may walk away with a lesson or two that we have learned based on the experiences we encounter.
My advice (and this is advice I need to take as well) is to stop and be grateful for all you have before you right here and now. There is happiness and growth within yourself if you just stop and take a moment to smell the roses. You are much better than you were yesterday and tomorrow you will be better than you are today. Enjoy the ride and realize that there is no rush to make it to the top of your own mountain. Just making the climb is what makes life worth every moment.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?