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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Sadness of the Summit.

We dream of, plan for, and risk so much to attain those summits in our lives. Whether it a new house,new job, or climbing Mount Everest, we spend so much energy trying to achieve the goal. But what do you do we we get there? For me there is always a sense of sadness once I achieve the summit. The next step is downward towards the next valley. I can remember a time when I was younger when my climbing buddies and I spent a lot of time training and preparing for this one climb. Once we had top out on the route and were standing on the summit we realized something very important. We did not plan for the down climb. We had focused so much on just reaching the top we had not given any thought to the decent.

How many times do we do this in our lives. How many times do we consider the post summit blues? How do we miss the decent in our plans? I was thinking of some of the issues involved with post summit depression. I began to understand why so many climbers what to hang out high up in the death zone. The desire to soak in every second of success before the long journey back down into the everyday boredom of life's valleys.

There is another dynamic of summiting life's challenges that I should touch on. Some folks actually fear the possibility of making the summit. The do not see themselves successful and will unconsciously sabotage their own efforts to achieve the summit. But what I want to focus on is the post summit issues. The planning of what is next. We set goals for ourselves but do not form the habit of extending our plans to the next step of returning to "normality." This is a huge planning step that we should keep in the fore front of our minds as we progress through achieving our success. The achievement of our goals are only momentary in time, what matters is the next step toward the next summit and the valley that lays between the two.


1 Comment:

His Girl Friday said...

This is an interesting topic. I'll have to think on it abit to form a more in depth post.

It does make me think of the Hollywood films which show the battle climaxing to the 'happy' (usually) ending, or the hero triumphing/overcoming....but very few films carry on with the what happens afterwards, and how the 'hero's' life continues on.

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