Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill –
It is much easier to climb a mountain if you take it one step at a time instead of looking at the steep peak ahead of you.
Several times I had to tell myself this during the last couple of days walking the Camino de Santiago in northwestern Spain.
There is also a saying on the Camino that the last few kilometers are the hardest. You climb one hill and then you find you have to climb another at the next bend.
Obstacles – the blessings in disguise
Just reflect a little on your life so far. It is mostly the obstacles, the setbacks, and those down on the ground moments that have triggered the biggest transformation.
Sadly, we often throw in the towel before we have learned the lesson or just before we are about to achieve the biggest breakthrough.
Life is not meant to be easy. We whither and die spiritually and physically if we procrastinate in a comfort zone.
A crisis, whether in an institution, in the job or in a personal relationship, is a message from the universe telling us that something is out of balance and needs to change.
The journey has to continue
We can for a moment look back on the winding steep road that we have climbed, appreciating the view and the accomplishment. But at some point we will have to continue the journey.
We human beings are hardwired to explore, and discover. As long as we live on this earth we will constantly be challenged to redefine purpose and meaning.
This morning I found a spiral etched into stone by the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Galicia. The rock site was perfectly aligned to the rising morning sun. Obviously the area had been a place of religious significance eons ago.
The ancient people were acutely aware of the laws of the seasons, closely studying nature. Beyond the perceived chaos of natural phenomenon lies a naural order of all things. The spiral is found in miniscule shells and flowers, and our DNA but also in the shape of our expanding galaxy.
Spiritually the spiral motif represents the path of the soul from the outer ego personality to the divine unity. It is the symbol of constant evolution and growth – a divine song of renewal moving from age to age.
Reino Gevers – Author – Mentor – Speaker
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