I Grew Up Climbing

I grew up climbing.

Rocks, tall trees, and rooftops were my playground. Whenever and wherever, I loved to explore what was above me.

After college it became all about reaching the summit.

Lost-arrow-spire1My joy of climbing became an obsession about the top. Climbing big rocks became my passion for a season. I wasn’t particularly good, but I loved it.

When the summit is in mind, my perspective changes. Ignoring the whispers of fear, I listen to the call of excitement. I switch from easy-going and become fixated.

My focus narrows to the present moment. Creatively taking simple steps towards the top.

Leaving a place of certainty and moving towards the unknown is invigorating.tuolumne-climb1

The summit calls to something larger than myself. The summit is an inspiring goal giving me purpose. To summit requires suffering with purpose.

Yet, the greatest summits are internal conquerings, reaching a mountain range that leads to freedom.

In the great climbs of life, to reach the high places in the climb towards intimacy and recovery, it requires a deep and unflinching commitment.

Are you willing to do whatever it takes in your pursuit of the elusive summit of recovery?

Take time to reflect on your level of commitment.

Commitment to continue isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s a requirement for success.

The challenge in recovery is to think clearly and with a balanced mindset.

It is so easy to trick yourself into thinking that the danger isn’t real, that you’re not that close to the edge of a cliff. Or you can rush the process and not dig deep enough. Or become paralyzed with fear, overwhelmed by the difficulties ahead.

Recovery requires a balance of both commitment and courage in order to make progress.

To consider the commitment and trust it takes to reach the summit, consider watching world-class climbers fighting to reach the summit in the film Meru. The trailer will give you a glimpse of what it looks like to be willing to go to any lengths to reach the top.

It turns out, staying committed to the summit, despite the danger, requires incredible trust in your friends- and belief that the climb is something you must do.

Continue your climb towards recovery in the face of fear and overwhelming difficulty.

Focus on what you can do today.

The dangers are real. The climb is worth it.


Climb on,



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