Li Bai, a great poet from China’s Tang Dynasty, composed a very famous poem:
“Sailing early from Baidi Town”
“This morning, I departed the town of Baidi, engulfed by vibrant clouds.
I return to far away Jiangling within a single day.
From both banks, the steady sound of shrieking monkeys fills the air.
Our little boat has already carried me past thousands of hilltops.”
Our greatest and most valuable journeys are often the ones with the most ups and downs.
When we first get started, motivation is high and the whole world seems as though it is “engulfed by vibrant clouds.” But as we approach the middle of the journey and the initial sparkle fades, it gets tougher to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Self-critical thoughts come at us from both sides like shrieking monkeys. Don’t listen to them.
It is during this time of fear and self-doubt that we must make the biggest effort to persevere in order to experience personal growth. Before we know it, we will have reached our destination and passed “thousands of hilltops” along the way.
Have a wonderful afternoon and keep at it!- Kristin