I went to college in Colorado and I remember a story that has always stuck with me.
Some guys went hiking in the Rockies, up to a lake high above timberline. Each climber has his pack, bedroll, food, etc. on his back – heavy. With the thinning air as they climbed the boys stopped and rested ever so often—all except one. Jeff was from New Jersey. He didn’t want to stop. He wanted to get there first. When advised by the experienced climbers, he ignored them and went on.
When once they caught up with Jeff, they started slipping pretty big rocks into his pack. Soon he had to stop and catch his breath and rest. The others rested with him. From then on they were all together. At the top they managed to unload the rocks without his knowledge and had a private laugh.
Why do I remember this? The lesson is about unwanted weight. The “rocks” we carry in our thought slow us down. We need to carry forward only what we need today, not yesterday’s unsolved problems, bad memories, jealousies, bad thoughts about others. Life is an uphill path and can be a beautiful climb with all we really need, and no more.
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