We've all heard it before... "There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs." And that has seriously been the story of my life. But the more I think about it, the higher I get, the view I'm beginning to see, I'm thankful my path has lead me up these steep stairs.
My set of stairs haven't always been built strong, sometimes they don't always seem sturdy or safe, but I continue to climb. The higher I go, the stronger I get. When a person takes stairs on a consistent basis, It's amazing how the body reacts. The body begins to "get in shape" and get stronger. The more consistent we are, the easier it is to breathe. By the time we get elevated to higher levels we are able to breath easier. Much easier than when we first began.
While living in California, I've climed some amazing stairs, like Runyon Canyon and the stairs to Amir's Garden. I've also complained and questioned why I put myself through the torture of climbing the side of a mountain, yet even though I end up sore, thirsty and out of breath, I never ever regret how I physically feel because of what I see once I get to the top. The sense of accomplishment, the sense of pride when I look and see how far I climbed, the joy of accomplishment, the beauty that I'm able to see because I put in the work, that nobody could have done for me... all of that makes it worth it.
The stairs may be tough at times, they may be unforgiving... the stairs may seem like a bad idea, and the elevator may seem pretty easy... but the strength we gain, the time we take and the sacrifices we make, allows those stairs to lead to something much greater than an elevator could ever bring.
Each person's path leads to something different. The journey of life has various types of stairs within them and at times we may be graced with a few elevators but as I navigate on my journey, I want to take my time with each step because I don't want to slip and fall. I've come too far to go back now and I'm beginning to like the view of where I'm at so far and how peaceful things look where I'm going.
I hope all of us are able to gather up the strength to keep stepping up, following our hearts and continue to climb to greater heights...