Hey Jordan! When I couldn’t climb with you guys, I was disappointed in myself and worst yet, embarrassed. I told myself, “Well, I can’t keep up with them because . . . ” And then I thought, that’s an excuse. Either climb this mountain or don’t but don’t make excuses. I decided I could get to the top if I just climbed until I got tired and then stop and rest. As I was doing that, I noticed fears popping up. “Well what if they start back down and I’m not that far along? What if I can’t do it? Look how high up that is!! I’ll never get there” I’d sit down to rest and I’d visualize myself at the top of the mountain and I’d say, “Thank you, Lord that I’m at the top!” Then I’d start again and say to myself, “Focus on one step at a time. That’s all you have to do.” Or “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” When I finally got to the top I was so proud of myself. I did it! And then I realized that my experience was a great metaphor for life. To get to the top it’s ok to stop and rest, it’s ok to be fearful but keep taking one step at a time. The main thing is to not quit. And it doesn’t matter if you get there after other people. Once you’re there, you don’t car. All you notice is that you’re at the top and isn’t the view awesome!

Love you,
Monica 🙂

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