Do you want fulfillment faster?
Would you like guarantees that your efforts are going to pay off?
Are you tired of the climb and just wanting to get there, already?
I have times like that too.
Byron Katie’s words “When I argue with reality, I lose. But only 100% of the time,” are such an inspiration to me especially at those time when I’m, well…arguing with reality.
When we want to speed up or slow down time, when we want 26 hours in the day instead of 24 to get our ToDo lists done, when we tell ourselves we’ll have more time to take care of ourselves, make love, or play once our chores are done, then we are arguing with reality. Chores are never done. ToDo lists are never really complete. When we wait for that magic moment to engage with the joy of life, we never get there. And we are going to lose, but only 100% of the time.
Can you imagine the woman in this picture standing there arguing with the glacier?
“You shouldn’t be here. You’re too big. I can’t climb you. Get smaller because I didn’t sleep well last night, and I had a hard childhood.” It’s absurd to imagine her saying that, and yet – many of us argue with our own realities on a regular basis. Embracing reality means giving up our excuses for holding back or playing small.
Embracing reality means being all in.
It means showing up.
It means assessing your own skill and the task ahead of you and making a clear decision to climb or not.
I can easily imagine this woman climbing or backing away and setting up a camera or meditating or walking around or touching the glacier then going home. All of those options are valid. She doesn’t have to climb the steepest part to prove her worth. In fact, her worth is completely independent of how she engages with the glacier. And that’s part of reality, too.