Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you . . .
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
-John Muir

It is always there for the asking; nature’s goodness recharges our most primitive spirit, replenishing what we might lose in the lives we have created. The mountain climb becomes a metaphor as we realize that life requires some commitment and effort from us to reach our highest potential and function from our grandest perspective.

View from the mountaintop

From the mountaintop we discover, over and over again, how small our difficulties are in the grand scheme of things. We realize that everything we experience in our daily life can be seen from atop the mountain, looked down upon as one cohesive “whole” rather than as individuals and individual situations, or “problems.” We clearly see how our lives are lived out in this radius of landscape, and can imagine it to be much as our thinking brain, containing all of the strife and yes, all of the joys that fill our minds.

Let the winds blow the thoughts and cares away. Descend the mountain slowly, and be sure to carry with you the freshness Muir spoke of as you leave your cares scattered there, like autumn leaves in the wind.

By Lynn A. Trombetta