Imagine for a minute that you're holding a small rock right up to your eye.  What do you see?  Are you focused on the rock, or can you see the view behind it? You could be surrounded by the most beautiful landscape, but all you can see right now is that rock.

Now hold the rock at arms length.  It isn't so big anymore, in fact, it fits nicely in the palm of your hand.  You are much bigger than the rock.  From this vantage point you can see clearly how it fits into the surrounding scenery.
After facing the obstacle and seeing it for what it is in proportion to everything else it doesn't seem so obtrusive.   Placing it back on the ground with the other stones it merely becomes part of the path.  Part of where you've been.  Without it you wouldn't get where you're going, but certainly you don't need to pick it up and take it with you.  Soon it will be far below blended in with other obstacles overcome and it will be a sweet reminder of the climb.

{images from my hike yesterday at Brighton Ski Resort.}


  1. WOW! I'm reading more then you wrote....
    Did you actually write that? It needs to be published. I'll go on the record saying I was your friend, even in 2nd grade, dorky glasses or NOT.

  2. i love that...perspective. i think certainly at times mine has been skewed. i have spent way too much time just looking at the rock, and missing the spectacular view beyond. thanks for the reminder.

  3. I prefer rocks to tarantulas. Thanks for the virtual hike.

  4. What prompted that jewel of retrospect and philosophy? Are you leaving your current job? What has changed that you have added another layer of living to your already rich life?

  5. gorgeous! both the photos, your words, and the sentiment behind them. thank you for this.

  6. Amazing and beautiful photos and thoughts.