Tuesday, June 26, 2007


It is good to take a look around when you get to the summit to appreciate the reward of your effort, but it is just as important to look back and remember the path you took to get there. Yes, I mean this both literally and figuratively. Here I am enjoying the summit of a peak in the Berkshires and it was stunning. With views of Mt Greylock to the north and the Catskills to the southwest, it was quite a lovely reward. However, the bigger reward is in the hindsight. We took the most challenging trail up and there were segments where nine months ago I would not have been able to conquor physically, but we both did it....sweating, panting and in need of a bottle of water (why'd we leave those in the car?), but we did it.

Often, I don't give myself enough credit for what I can do. I overshadow my successes with thoughts of the goals I have not yet accomplished. It's good for me to keep looking forward and keep myself motivated, but sometimes, like today, you may even catch me being proud of myself.

I think I will head out now for a jog.....and I'll be satisfied with however long I actually go...no judgement or thoughts of how much more I want to run next time out....and I will enjoy both the journey and the summit :)


Joe S. said...

Hiking has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I haven't gone on a mountain hike in quite some time, but your story woke up those old memories and feelings hiding somewhere in a dark corner of my brain. Thanks!

Melissa said...

It is amazing how someone sharing what they did can spark inspiration in others. I've had a similar experience with some of the blogs I read.