30 posts of enCOURAGEment Post 4

In 1989 I went mountain climbing with friends in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  When I think of the trip, I think of the tallest trees I ever saw, ice-cold water to wash up in, and unappetizing food such as dried beef on extremely dry bread.  I think of fresh air, beauty and adventure.

It was a challenging hike for me.  I was used to bike riding and walking my dog in the city. I was not used to stomping  up ca6589a mountain side through  trees and gnats with a huge heavy pack on my back.   A few days and several thousand feet later we were back where we started.  By the end, I was completely done in.

Life can be like climbing that mountain.  There are good times, good friends and beautiful sights.  It can also feel like we are making no progress sometimes.  Occasionally, we may even feel like giving up, but we can’t.  We must climb on.  Sometimes we can go around in circles until we get back on the right path.  Other times we can feel so alone, it is scary.  We can’t stop climbing though.  We must go on.  Then, one day, we round a corner, and everything comes into view.  The sight is spectacular.  It’s a  good thing we did not turn back.8046603884_ba5be0708c_z

That hike in the Sierra’s was well worth all the hard work.  Life is like that too.  So don’t lose hope.  No matter what you are struggling with now, there is a good chance you will soon round  a corner and things will change for the better or come into better focus.  Let Mandisa encourage you with a song of hope.



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He is with you.  Leslie Rose K


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on March 19, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Great analogy Leslie! It is like climbing a mountain and we may slide back some but we also gain ground! It is always worth the climb and staying steady and focused! We might be slower than other “hikers” but slow and steady is what it is all about with an autoimmune disease. Thanks for another great post!


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