Climb every mountain…

I am sure you remember the Sisters at the Abbey singing the song “Climb every mountain” as they encourage and prepare Maria to go to the Captain’s house to face the newer challenges in her life. We all could learn a lot from those lovely words: “Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you reach your dream.”

Mountains have always stood for high goals which we all aspire to. Every child who learns to draw, begins with a drawing of a mountain. It is nature’s signpost of drawing you out of your self. Showing you something larger than you, standing tall, inviting and beckoning you to greater heights: literally and figuratively. The majesty of a mountain, standing firm and tall has a lyrical attraction for each and every one of us. However low you may be feeling, weighed down by cares and concerns, the mere sight of the mountain uplifts and energizes you. And makes you want to stretch. And reach higher and then again higher.

Johnson & Johnson (where I worked for 10+ years) afforded me some great experiences and fabulous memories. One amongst them was a Sales Conference in Khatmandu where the theme speaker was Jameling Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay. He spoke about his own experience of scaling Chomolungma ( “Holy Mother” Tibetian name for Mt Everest). While sharing the trials and tribulations of the world’s most arduous climb, the main thing which Jameling stressed was that you do not climb the mountain. “The mountain must call you”, the mountain must allow you to climb and reach the peak. It is a foolhardy team which thinks that it’s preparation and training and all its equipment, is enough to make a successful climb. To scale the mountain top, “the mountain must itself invite you and speak to you”. Only when you have paid obeisance to the mountain, can your climb be successful. Little surprise then that in Darjeeling where Jameling was born and grew up Everest is referred to as “Deodungha” ( “Holy Mountain”).

My thesis today is that all challenges and goals in our life (whether personal or professional) must be approached with the same humility, as exemplified by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay; and then, spoken by Jameling. Arrogance and over-confidence will end in aborted attempts and loss to life and limb, and of course harm to the team around us. Rather if we approach the challenge with humility, sharing ideas and suggestions and working together in harmony : there are far better chances of success. We must await the “tide in the affairs of men” as only when the “mountain”/challenge itself calls you; will your climb be successful and happy. Which in turn explains why most successful people I have met, people who have scaled their mountains, over come their challenges and reached many a mountain top are all, without exception humble people. They know and understand that while their efforts were in the right direction,the final push came from somewhere outside. Unless the “mountain” had called and submitted and was willing & ready to be conquered ; success would have been a chimera.

There is a story ( maybe apocryphal) about Sir Edmund Hillary: before 29th May 1953 when they reached the peak of Mt Everest, Edmund had made many, many attempt to reach the top, all unsuccessful. After one such attempt, Edmund was naturally upset and could not sleep. In the night, he came out of his tent, looked up at Chomolamangu and said to the mountain: “I will come back again and conquer you. Because you are a mountain and I am a man. As a mountain, you cannot grow. But as a human, I can!”

All mountains and challenges in our life are calling out to us: As a human, grow. And come back again and again and conquer me. I am waiting. Ball is in your court now. Take action, reach the goal, and then move to the next mountain, the next goal.
“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you reach your dream.”

God Speed : vikas

17 Replies to “Climb every mountain…”

  1. Sir, your art of skillful writing brings out the essence in every piece you write. By juxtaposing a mountain and a goal you have driven the message of remaining grounded with humility, patience and team work! Enjoyed reading it. “Allah Karey Zor-e-Shabab aur ziyada”.

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  2. Very motivational piece. Have always been in “awe” of mountains and I clearly recall being beckoned by them (even now) after my trip to Leh and Ladakh several years ago….Your article mirrors what I have read as a child and I quote Dr Seuss “Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So….Get on your way!!!

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    1. Hey Deepa great to see you here. 100% agree with Dr Seuss whom you have quoted. Many mountains await us. But we force our “child” to hold back and load a lot of doubts and question marks. If we approached challenges and questions more positively we will easily be able to get a lot more done. Today is your day!!!!

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  3. Inspirational, Vikas.
    Moutains are fascinating and climbing becomes physically challenging as we grow older. But it becomes easier with friends around…..

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  4. Very nice. I remember Osho’s words. ….If you want to climb the mountain, do not try to conquer … befriend it.

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  5. Thanks ameya. Mountains do hold a fascination for me. Do you know when Edmund Hillary was asked why he wanted to climb the Everest he gave the famous reply: “because it was there”. Mountains also prove to me the basic truth that the joy is in the joyrney and not the destination.

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  6. Inspirational… πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
    Excellent share… 🀘🏼🀘🏼🀘🏼

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