Sunday, May 23, 2010
Which Way to Go
In the mountains we have a thumb rule that we apply when we are hopelessly lost and come to a cross road from where one trail is going down and one that is going up. Obviously the one that is going down is more tempting to take as it is an easier one, but in the mountains we always take the trail going up for three simple reasons: if this is indeed the right trail then you are ok, if this is the wrong trail then all you go to do is descend which is easier on the face of tiredness and a wrong route, and as you gain altitude you are also able to see further since your horizon widens and you can see more landmark etc that you may be able to recognize to reorient yourself. None of these would have happened if you took the trail going down that was apparently easier.
Same thumb rule can be applied in our normal lives too. Always take the trail going up, even if it is the wrong one. At least on it, you would have the satisfaction of knowing that now all you have ahead of you is the easier path to descend and while on a wrong path, the one going up will always show you a wider view of life and the earth and broaden your perspectives that wouldn't have happened on the other path going down. So even if it was a wrong path, it still benefits you more and teaches you far richer experience than the other. So remember friends, always take the path going up, go against gravity, go against what people advice, follow your gut feelings, go and see where the path going up would lead to. And if you always take the path going up, like I do, one of these days you would surely reach where I want all of you to reach, so friends 'See you all on top'