Mountains of Life
By: Ali Husni
I climbed Moutain Kinabalu in 2012 with my siblings and cousins. It’s the tallest mountain in South East Asia located in Sabah, Malaysia. My brother Umar made a video of our trip as can be seen above. It was a tough climb even for experienced climbers. Some of us started to doubt ourselves in the middle of the climb because it seemed endless steps. We even swore to ourselves not wanting to do it again.
But to climb a mountain means there’s no turning back no matter how hard it was. Perhaps the only thing that motivated us was the support given by each member of our team and the nice people that greeted us along the way. In the end we reached the peak and we were on cloud nine that suddenly we thought to ourselves that we hoped to do it again. Like all of the painful climb previously did not exist. Whenever I think about climbing, the lessons of life cross my mind.
Here I’d like to share seven lessons learned from climbing a mountain that can be applied to our daily day lives.
Before climbing a mountain we should be prepared to face the challenges that would come in the journey. Disciplining ourselves through physical training is a must. Also, knowledge regarding fitness, clothing, and equipment are also important.
Similarly in life, before taking a big step toward all challenges and before making any important decision, we should be prepared with knowledge in our mind and fitness in the spirit.
2. One step at a time
Climbing a rough and tall mountain takes a very long time. It can feel as though the journey is forever. So why rushing? Just take one step at a time so that our energy can be recharged. In life, we need to step forward in our own timing, not others’ timing so that we can truly be ourselves and unleash our inner potentials.
3. Don’t forget to breathe
Well off course we do breathe. What I mean is that to pay attention on our breathing. Normally I would see beginners who climb mountains they are not paying attention to the rhythm of their breath. Like taking four big steps in one breath. This makes them quickly fatigued.
By inhaling in one step and exhaling in another step make the body lighter. In our reality, we rarely stop and breathe whenever we face challenges but we always keep fighting them without relaxing and breathing. So we should learn to focus more on our breathing
4. Support each other
Those experienced climbers know how to motivate their slow buddies. Just by being close to them and not leaving them behind can give a great motivation to them. With the close people around us in our lives, just by telling them that “it’s ok” and “I understand how you feel” and letting them be as they are without judging them can help them more in their self-improvement.
It is meaningless to hike in nature without appreciating and absorbing the energy of nature surrounding us. The fresh cool air, the colorful leaves, the blue sky and the white clouds, and the positive vibration of hikers who are nature lovers.
Appreciation in life means to be grateful of what we already have because there are people out there that are not as lucky as we are. By looking at the lives of people that are below us, we can appreciate our lives even more.
6. Letting go and being in the moment
Carrying a heavy backpack is hard enough. It would be even harder if we carry with us the unsettled problems that we are trying to solve back in our workplace. By letting go of the worldly matters when climbing and just learn to be in the moment would make our bodies and minds lighter and less stressful. Similarly, in life if we carry too much with us the unresolved past experiences and problems, we would become stuck and unable to move on.
7. The remembrance of God
Finally, being in a place full of beauty where angels are everywhere, it is natural to remember God in our hearts. Climbing a mountain seems like a journey towards God. A Zen like experience. Many of the prophets of God received God’s revelation on mountains.
In our daily day lives we tend to remember God easily when facing with calamities. Unlike when the situation gets easy, we would be unconscious of God. Thus we should learn to be conscious of God in ease and difficulties. Verily in the remembrance of God do the heart finds peace.