“If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.”

I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help

I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help

Harvey Mackay wrote If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.” Phoenix is completely surrounded by mountains. So as I drive about on any given day, those gorgeous mountains are right there. I might add to Mr. Mackay’s words that if you do not even notice the mountains, the gift of beauty and potential goals will completely elude you. Our days and nights are gifts to us all.

As we move through passages in our lives, it can get scary or it can be quite heady, can’t it? As we come around a curve after climbing a mountain, we fully expect a meadow and place to rest and enjoy the view. We expect to be able to say “Ah, that’s done. Now I can relax.” But, sometimes we have made it through THAT challenge, and now we are aware that there are so many more to deal with! It is kind of like that song we sang when we were kids (The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see). He finally gets over the mountain, and sees another mountain. The song then repeats, like a repeating decimal.

On days like that, we sometimes feel overwhelmed and feel like we cannot go on or do not want to go on. But, if we look around us, and back at the path we have just trod, we realize something. We can realize just how far we have traveled. That is a good thing. If we have handled that, we can handle more. God assures us of that, most definitely. But if you do not feel reassured by Him, there is another way to look at it.

Look at it the way we already look at both exercise, and achieving other goals—like fitness, or paying off debt bit by bit. You see, if you have made it up and down those treacherous paths to the new vista, you are strong. You are stronger than you were before that journey began. Since you survived that journey, and gained strength from it, you can handle the next challenge.


If you do not yet feel excited about the next journey…tell yourself that you will be excited. As I tell my students, it’s just a bit of pre-game journeys. You have spent a lifetime preparing. You can do this. Take those first few steps.

What do you tell yourself when you are giving yourself a pep talk? What gets you going so that you take the next challenges and difficulties as guaranteed ways to give you strength and confidence if you just ‘give it a go’?

What challenges do you face today and this weekend? As for me, there are areas of my life where I need to have more faith in Him, and let go of my worries! Let’s carpe diem today and this weekend. A journey awaits each of us. We’ve GOT this.

i love to go a-wandering along the mountain paths, and as i go i love to sing, my backpack on my back

i love to go a-wandering along the mountain paths, and as i go i love to sing, my backpack on my back

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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12 Responses to “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.”

  1. Climb every mountain, Kate! You’re right, we’ve got this because God’s got us. Good to see you back in the blogging world….missed you.

  2. auntyuta says:

    Stay optimistic, even in trying times
    I reckon this advice at the top of your site is really good advice. I am sorry, dear Kate, if you go through some trying times right now. But I am sure you won’t lose sight of God and stay optimistic in the long run. I hope you and your family are in good health. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
    Love, Uta

  3. Krissy Corrado says:

    Katie your words, and most importantly your Faith are reminders to me of much history. History we shared when we met at Tec and then our time in College. Thank you for the reminder of HIS presence always during my low times as well as my highs. Love to you and prayers. Pray for me?

    • Kate Kresse says:

      krissy~ you are always in my prayers. Our history through the years has been blessed. I dearly recall those wondrous times when we could explore our faith and thoughts and hopes and dreams. I am grateful that we have re-connected again. hugs and prayers~

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you, dear Kate , for encouraging us onward and upward! Knowing He never leaves us nor forsakes us helps me to take the next step . . .just knowing He is with me! God bless you and your journeys!

  5. I found you as I wandered through my older blogs and realized our paths wander through the same woods! Amazing how karma comes back around. Am looking forward to following your blog!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I apologize that it took so long for me to respond. My tutoring activities had me swamped until right before Christmas. Then we had company, then I pretty much collapsed and relaxed. I am so glad that you stopped by! I hope your Christmas was wonderful!

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by Turquoise Compass. I appreciate your visit. You are never too young to dream a new dream.

  7. Meg Evans says:

    Yes, it’s all about perspective… the higher we climb, the more perspective we gain, and the more we can appreciate the journey. 🙂 I just discovered your blog today, and am enjoying it; the posts are thoughtful and inspiring, and the background is lovely — it feels like going for a refreshing hike! I’ve added it to a list of positive blogs I keep on my own site.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Hi Meg~ thank you for stopping by and commenting. I apologize that it took me so long to say so! The end of 2014 was crazy busy with tutoring, company, and other stuff. Finally my attention is back on my blog a bit. Thanks for adding my blog to your list!

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