About pebbles and mountains

As we’re back in quasi-lockdown here in godforsaken Ontario (schools closed, activities canceled, indoor dining gone, Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit delayed ), I thought perhaps we could focus on some positive quotes some smart people are hurling into the socials these days. Because not everyone out there is bitching about covid, right?

So here is one that stood apart for me:

It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali

The pebble in my shoe represents distractions to me. Social media, physical clutter, distracting thoughts, decisions affecting our lives by politicians over which I have no control, that sort of thing.

The mountains ahead are obstacles I’m well on my way to tackle and conquer, as long as I can keep those pebbles out of my shoe… The ebook I want to turn into a physical book, the anthology I’m in the process of editing for self-publishing, the many other projects I’ve started and am in the process of ironing out the details.

Bring it, I say to the mountains as I continue my climb.

What does the pebble represent for you?

25 thoughts on “About pebbles and mountains

  1. The pebble for me is struggling to enjoy the present. I’m so ready to move to a warmer climate and retire from my head-of-household status, which should also bring more financial freedom. I know tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so I’m challenging myself to do something in the realm of beneficial self-care on a daily basis.

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  2. Pebbles are merely the speedbumps, that slow us down, and allow us to realize, what we might have missed, as we hurtle haphazardly through our lives. As far as the mountains go, I much prefer to keep climbing than to go over the proverbial hill.

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  3. I love your line, “Bring it, I say to the mountains as I continue my climb.” Somehow this post brings to mind so many stories about people climbing with objects in their boots. On one mountain in Mexico, a fellow climber pulled out a Payday bar at the end of the day. It looked like an orthodic at that point. πŸ™‚

    Digression aside – I love your overall point. For me in Seattle where we are still doing in-person school (so far), my pebble is the anticipation of what may happen. Which of course is pointless to dwell on.

    Cheers to you and your mountain!!

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  4. That’s a great quote and accurate. Those tiny, nagging little irritations wear you down and keep you from looking ahead to the ultimate goal. I suppose that means stay focused on the end…and expect some discomfort along the way!

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