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A Hard Climb
by E T Waldron   
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Last edited: Monday, January 23, 2006
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2006

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I thought I could make the climb
but it was too much for me

I thought I could make the climb
but it was too much for me
I love the mountains, but I'm only able
to do the hills

Funny I've always known my limits, yet
I always try to exceed them
I have a strong sense that we must never
hesitate to try things
Especially after  failing ,that old  adage comes
to mind pick yourself up dust yourself off start
all over again

I'd hate to count how many times I've had to
climb back on especially with relationships
they are the hardest,
Sometimes our brains are out to lunch when
we meet people and we get involved in all kinds
of  relationships which, as they progress make us
wonder how we ever got into it

The worst are the ones that involve physical
attraction the kind which smacks us like a bolt of
lightning, and we swear we're in love until one of
us begins to back away and then the pain and
misery begin especially for the one that still feels
something and is left to bear it alone

Or with a friend we think may be  the best one we
ever had, until trouble comes along and we need
help then the fair weather friends fade into the
distance until our clouds have passed

It seems we forget what we have learned or should
have, and that is we are in charge of our relationships! When things go wrong it is up to us to fix them. If we have the attitude that the other person should do it then we are in for a lot of heartache.

We have to take control of our lives by being
responsible for the way we conduct our affairs whether it concerns family friends lovers neighbors, whatever.It makes no difference who is right or wrong either. If we are doing what is right then what is wrong concerns the other party and they must find their own way to repair what they have done.

We can either accept it or not according to our own standards. Sometimes we find that we have formed relationships that are wrong, so they must be dissolved. It isn't easy to do, but we must do it the best we can using wisdom and  grace. We also have to be willing to accept when someone no longer wants us as their friend. Either way as much as it hurts we have to let go.

The reason  I compared mountain climbing to
relationships, is that one time I had this thought, you don't take it out on the mountain  if you can't climb it. So, that helped me to realize that we can't take it out on others because a relationship won't work. The best we can do is realize it was a mountain too hard to climb.




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Reviewed by Kalikiano Kalei 1/26/2008
I veryh much enjoyed your analogy here, of the mountain. As someone who climbs, I can appreciate the subject, even if its intent is allegorical. There is an old Zen Koan that has always been a favorite of mine: "You can't fall off a mountain." Puzzling at first, since we instinctively think of how traumatic falling off a cliff (letting go of a relationship) can be, after a further bit of reflection it dawns on us that a cliff is not a mountain (only a very small part of it), and in fact since we cannot easily define where a mountain begins or ends, it is therefore 'impossible' to fall of a mountain! By an extention of the existential logic at work here, one can argue that relationships are also extrmeley difficult to think of in terms of absolute beginnings and endings. QED: You can't fall off a mountain of that sort, either. Whether one considers the subject logically, or through rather broad Zen interpretation, I enjoyed your work here. Mahalo for sharing these thoughts!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 1/28/2006
This is wonderful work, makes one feel just a little more at ease with the world around, thanks for sharing,
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/26/2006
As the saying goes Eileen " A Bridge too Far " !
Some friendships and relationships are only meant to burn for a determined period, while others for eternity !
Its all in the Game called Life !
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 1/23/2006
Introspection is a hard mountain to climb. You have surmounted the highest of all.
Love and best wishes,
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/23/2006
well done
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/23/2006
Excellent thoughts, Eileen; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/23/2006
Quite a bit of indepth prising (prosing? that's not a word, Jerry) you have given us this morning. True. Every last word of it.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/23/2006
Very insightful wisdom spoken here eileen!!

Thank you for sharing!!!

Me rolling down the mountain like Jack and Jill but hey sometimes it can be great fun!!

Anyways no joking but I wish I was ready to climb mount everest sometimes!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/22/2006
There is so much truth in this write Eileen. A friend of mine since childhood, dumped my when she found out I remained friends with her and her X after their split up, she thought my loyalities should only be with sad is that?
love and peace to you...
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/22/2006
This is so insightful, Eileen. A long-time friend hated me when she found out that I am a Christian. I don't blame her. She is just ignorant to the truth. I still pray for her and won't give up. Thanks for this offering.
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