Always take the hill.
This morning I was catching up on a few blogs I follow when an interesting phrase caught my attention. It’s from Joy the Baker’s post on a Gluten-free Asparagus Quiche, but it didn’t have anything to do with the recipe (although, I feel confident in saying that if Joy posts a recipe it is outa this world, so if you’re into gluten-free, asparagus, and/or quiche totally check out the recipe). No, what first caught my attention was her allusion to biking. At first I was thinking she was motor-biking (aka. biking on a motorcycle) and I was all like, “You go Joy!” Then it came to the part where she needed to decide to go up or around the big hill. In my mental picture of Joy on a motorcycle this didn’t seem like a big deal, then I realized she was talking about her little self on a (wo)man powered bike (aka. a regular pedal bike) and all of a sudden the choice to take the hill took on new and significant meaning. (Then I was totally like, “You REALLY go Joy!”)
Her conclusion: Whether biking or life in general…Always take the hill.
This thought made my heart go pidder patter (and not just because I’m drinking coffee this morning), for some reason it resonated deep down inside of me some where. Let’s be clear here for a second, it didn’t resonate deep down there because it’s my own personal philosophy, because it’s totally not. My own personal philosophy is more along the lines of “the path of least resistance”. But this concept of facing challenges head on, conquering fears, being up front, and forging on the “road less traveled” is something that I’ve been facing quite a bit recently, despite my natural tendency to find the easiest path and take that.
This coupled with the “random” choice to break out an old school Switchfoot album this morning gave me pause. As I was getting ready for work and rocking out to “We were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?” and “This is your life, are you who you want to be? This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be when the world was younger and you have everything to lose.” I couldn’t help but ask myself these same questions.
So, it all resonated. Deep.
Here’s the thing, recently, in order to do what I have felt is right, I’ve been forced to step outside of the gentle progressing of the river. These are the times in life when you can’t just go with the flow, these are the moments that define who we are and set us in a direction that we’ll head for the rest of our lives. These are choices that should be made purposefully and with intention.
So here’s what I’m thinking about today. How about you? Are you a hill climber or do you (like me) look for the easy way around?