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Life is an interesting journey. It starts in the depth of our biological mothers and ends in the depth of our earthly one. Yet, in between, it is filled with so many variable ingredients that it's almost impossible to calculate them.

We laugh, we cry, we love, we cringe, we succeed, we fail, we smile, we frown and we encounter everything in between. Along the way we may feel that life is hard, for some - too hard. Other times there's so much joy, we can hardly "contain ourselves." There are periods during our trip when we look in the distance and see innumerable peaks to climb. The challenge is daunting - often emoting feelings of fear, fatigue and uncertainty. Then...we have those moments when the valleys stretch out for as far as our eyes can see. It appears as if there's a smooth road ahead forever. However, we all know that that's never the case.

How do we deal with the ups and downs of life in such a way as to make it a smooth ride? Or...at least as smooth as possible. The first way is to recognize that, even though we can expect the road to be filled with potholes, detours, and once is a while...landslides, we must never lose sight of the fact that the sojourn actually moves along a straight line. There is a beginning and an end. The line stretches for miles. That distance may be determined by biology or "fate." But, once you realize that the time you have is finite, you will start to understand that to waste it worrying, being exasperated, frustrated, or overcome with the fear, is to lose the essence of your ability to enjoy the spectacular show that is this thing we call life.

Peaks get climbed, valleys get traversed, and quite often...exhilaration follows each. A close friend of mine once asked me how I did it. "Did what?" I questioned. "Kept going through all the 'mountains you had to climb' in your life, the tragedies you've endured, the successes you've enjoyed, and still keep a balanced and positive outlook." My answer was that I've known all along that after I'd climber the proverbial mountain, there would be another one across the horizon waiting to be scaled. The meadow may look inviting, but so do the mountains. One may take a bit more effort to conquer, but...if I keep moving ahead and do not get overcome with negative thoughts, I can achieve each particular goal. Or...I could choose a different route, enjoy different scenery and still continue moving forward. However, no matter what road I take, the trip is all about perspective. And - I know where it ends.

So, I live with that in mind. I suggest you think about how you are letting your life unfold as well. Do you look at each day as a challenge to be enjoyed, a gift to be savored, or as drudgery filled with unceasing drama. It's up to you which perspective you take and how you view the peaks and valleys of life. Because, ultimately...you write your own script in the story of your life.





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