My wife and I love spending time outdoors, especially hiking. The opportunity to spend time together, outside, while climbing along a mountain trail provides great moments to grow closer to each other and gain a deeper love and appreciation for this earth and the wondrous beauty around us. We have hiked many trails throughout the western states and Hawaii. Each one is unique and offers something the others do not. I would find it difficult to identify my favorite trail or hike.
As we hike along the different paths, they all share one thing in common, the farther along we get the more majestic and beautiful the scenery becomes. The more challenging the hike, the more beautiful they become. The reward is always worth the effort.
Many times people will stand at the base of the trail deciding whether or not to begin the journey. The assumption is made based upon how difficult the journey looks or at times the obvious lack of beauty at the beginning. We judge the outcome of the journey by where it starts instead of where it leads. Beauty is always found in the journey and where it leads, not by standing still at the bottom.
Our lives too resemble these hikes. If we judge others based upon the outward appearance instead of investing the energy necessary to take the journey required to know them we will never know the beauty that each person brings. If we choose to stand still and not invest the energy to take the journey necessary to find the beauty in any aspect of life, be it love, family relationships, school, work, religion, friendships, or anything, we will never discover the beauty that lies deep along the path.
While beauty is all around us, the ability to see it in its fullest grandeur requires effort on our part. Those who choose the take and complete the journey always find the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment.