“Life’s a Mountain not a Beach”

Wonder_Lake,_Denali

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Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska is one of the most majestic sights to see… if you can see it. It is roughly 21,000 feet at it’s highest peak and from about 7,000 feet up it is white, that’s because  it is  ice covered, which gives it that look. The mountain is barely visible. It’s so high and it’s northern location add to the fact that it creates its own weather patterns. Because of this, there are only a few days during the year that you can actually see it and only about 30% of it… if you are lucky, as we we’re told. Well, we lucked out that day! Yes, that’s us in the foreground and the mountain in the back. (Why did I have to tell you that)

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Anyway, beautiful sight and many have climbed it over the years…some successfully, others… not so successfully. Ok… so why  the history lesson? (I love history) Because if history teaches us anything, ( and I mean our own personal history, hint, hint…wink, wink) its that most things, most wants, most desires, most of our dreams are not going to come gift wrapped. We are going to have to, dare I say, work a little for them and possibly fail a few times, before we start to experience some successes. I’ve noticed that a lot of times, things that come easily are not long lived… (i.e. …people who hit the lottery ending up broke and worse off, although I would like to experience that. Let’s face it… most will not experience that so let’s stick to our struggling for now) But failure is not, necessarily, a bad thing. Another history lesson here. (I told you I love history) Sir Winston Churchill said, Success is not final… Failure is not fatal. I like his cigars. It’s how we approach these failures that will determine if we will continue to the Promised Land. Are we gonna whine, and cry, and kick and scream like an infant who doesn’t get his way ( done plenty of that myself), or take it in stride and learn from it (history…again)?  That’s up to you. Hey, I’m no philosophizer. I’m a working stiff!

Mountain to the Beach

That’s what that damned cookie should have said. Get over that Mountain to get to the BEACH! Now that’s a fortune cookie!!! I think what this all means is that you will appreciate the beach much more because you know what you had to go through to get there. And you know what, most of our struggles are probably in our own heads. But, Hey, I’m no philosophizer. You already knew that!

Time to Wok n Woll, Baby!

May all your cookies have good fortunes!

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