Thursday, January 01, 2009

Breathless

Someone once said, ~Love is like a mountain. On the way up its rough and rugged and sometimes ugly, but whe you get to the top its the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.~ As said before, love is like a mountain and being able to reach the top of the oftentimes treacherous rocky terrain in order to reach the top of the plateau of true happiness using the most important, as well as, only piece of "equipment" we have at our disposal...our own heart. You see, its by trusting the resilient strength of our heart that motivates us to keep climbing when experiencing times of frustration, confusion, anger, etc. Yet, its all worth it as its a truly an awe inspiring experience unlike any other and for a lucky number of people they're fortunate enough to have reached the summit with someone truly special.

Let me ask you this question, how many of you have ever gone climbing up the side of a rocky mountain and whether it was indoor our outdoor how was the overall experience for you? I think it would be safe to say its considered a heart pumping adrenaline rush that is not so much about speed as it is more about how much patience you have to reach the top. Essentially, there is quite a bit of strategy involved and if there are any mistakes made you have the proverbial saftey net to fall back on to help catch you when you fall. However, there are times when the strategy you orginially intended to use is thrown out the window, so to speak, leading you to just go for it as you use your wits/instincts to free climb up and if you fall there is no safety net to catch you, which is how love is at times.

Without a doubt, when it comes to matters of the heart it can most definitely be overwhelming to stand there in the beginning looking up as you come face to face with the sheer magnitude of what love is...a challenge. A challenge in which you gladly accept knowing full well there are going to be possible mental, emotional, personal. physical, and even spiritual obstacles that cause you to second guess every move you make. Yet, its each of those obstacles that represent an incentive to keep pulling yourself up towards someone who inspires you to not quit, reach far beyond what your capable of, and perform leaps of faith to show that even though you're scared out of your mind you're willing to take a dangerous risk with the mortality of your own heart on the line for him/her.

If you think about it, trying to conquering the rough, rugged, and sometimes ugly mountainous challenge of love can have you come to a point where you find yourself unable to climb further because there isn't anything that can be seen as something solid to reach for or steady yourself on. What do I mean? I think we've all been in a situation where there is an uncertainty in making the next critical move with someone you have feelings for causing you take a risky leap of faith. That leap of faith is the determining factor of either successfully establishing a better stabalized grasp/foothold on the potential relationship or ended up in a cliffhanger type moment hanging on by your fingertips scraped, battered, bruised, and looking quite foolish, which pretty much describes my own personal climb up the mountain.

Johann Wolfgang von Geothe said, ~The heights charm us, but the steps do not: with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.~ In retrospect, in order to reach new heights and walk the plains with the person you love/care about you must be confident in your own abilities that God gave you. Thinking about it, when you start to lose that confidence the so called elements become a swirling distraction leading you to do the one thing that you should never do...look down. Hey, its what makes love so scary and yet a thrilling experience you would do many times over. In the end, I say to those who are still climbing their own personal mountain within their heart I know you're tired, but you will be standing atop the plateau of true happineess and when you finally look out into the horizon it will leave you absolutely breathless.

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