Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Obstacles Are There To Be Overcome


Any adventure begins in the vast landscape of our own hearts and minds.  Traveling, fishing and hunting are marvelous activities that also provide limitless obstacles to overcome.  The task can seem daunting at times for the able bodied outdoorsman, let alone someone who may be limited in their ability.

More times than not, the human heart finds itself with more questions than answers.  We yearn to indulge in the beauty that raw nature can provide while struggling with the limitations that at times seem insurmountable.  "Can I really do it?"  "Am I enough?"  These are just a couple of the questions we find ourselves attempting answer in the bowels of our own psychology.

I want to encourage you.  We all struggle from time to time.  Those who are able bodied as well as those who are not.  We have all found ourselves scratching our heads at some point in our lives over the person who is staring back at us in the mirror.

I will tell you a secret….ready?  The moment you embrace the challenge and are willing to risk everything to overcome it, is the exact moment your heart will come alive.  Your soul will be filled with exhilaration and passion.  You will hear shouts of victory erupting from your body and maybe even some tears will be shed as well.  Nothing can match the sheer exhilaration of beating the odds, of doing exactly what everyone else (maybe you included) has deemed impossible.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to ever climb to the summit of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953.  When the news media asked Hilary why he and Norgay had climbed to the top of the world’s tallest mountain risking their lives along with their fingers, noses, and toes, the story goes that Hillary replied, “Because it was there.”

Get back out there!  Why?  Because it’s there!

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