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  • May 31st, 2011 | 10:50 AM
Climbing mountains

The mattress on our bed has a mountain running right down the middle of it. I think it's fairly common when two people share the same mattress for years. You each sink into comfort on your own side of the bed and then, over time, this mountain forms in the middle. We turn the bed on a regular basis but still, there it is. When we bought the bed the salesguy told us it would form a hump in the middle and that was not considered a flaw in the mattress. It just was what it was. Accept that the mountain would one day appear and there wasn't a darn thing I would be able to do about it.

Most of the time I don't think much about the mountain unless I'm trying to roll over and it suddenly feels like I am trying to roll myself uphill. A few times I've gotten frustrated with it and piled all sorts of heavy objects on top of it, hoping by bedtime that it would have miraculously flattened back down again. Of course that never worked.

This morning I woke up sleeping on an angle, half on the mountain and half rolling down the hill, and I smiled. I'm sure the smile was influenced by my before-bed reading of Patti Digh's book Creative is a Verb. I thank her for that.

There are always going to be mountains in our lives. I usually throw myself at them with equal parts of anger that I have to climb yet another dang mountain and blind energy to just hurry up and get it over with. Forget about other plans or enjoying the view. There's a mountain in my way and I need to get past it.

Or do I? As Patti said In my reading last night, "You are always in choice."

Not every mountain needs climbing. Lots of the time you can walk around it. Take another route. Or maybe, just sit at the foot of the mountain and contemplate its place in your life. Embrace the mountain and sometimes they vanish right before your eyes. Gather supplies, make a plan, and go ahead and climb.

But the important thing to remember is you don't have to climb every mountain. You are always in choice.
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May 31st, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
great post! : )
May 31st, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Did you ever read Life is a Verb? These two books, I just love them.
June 1st, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
I have Life is a Verb, but I don't have this one...yet ; )
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June 1st, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
May 31st, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am in choice! Thanks for the reminder.
June 1st, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
I need to tack that reminder all over my house!
June 1st, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
We have the same "mountain" in our bed. Sometimes I take naps on it to try to flatten it but as you aptly pointed out, it doesn't work.

I haven't forgotten my style blog honor! I've been climbing my own mountain lately (related to Winchester and work) and am finally back to blogging.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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