Every new day is another chance to change your life. Each day we rise we are presented with mountains of hope and in order to remind myself of this truth today I am going hiking in the mountains. It’s 5:00am right now as I write and we are about to depart for an hike up Old Rag.
From time to time we all need to be reminded of the beauty of the mountains, and for me at this particular moment in life, it couldn’t be more perfect. As both the sun and I rise this morning up the mountainside, I know that the crisp Virginia air will breathe into me a new freshness for life that I am unable to get from anywhere else. And as my friends and I labor uphill for 5 steep miles, I know that the promise of the summit will make every step upward worth it. This morning as I earn a brilliant autumn-colored view of the Shenandoah National Park skyline I am going to remember that every struggle in life has beauty at the end, even though we can’t always see it when we only midway up the mountain.
Never give up hope, no matter how hard your current battles in life are. Life is a beautiful, beautiful thing and worthy of celebration. Every day is another day to change your life; and remember, the view from the top is always worth the struggle up.