Friday, November 18, 2016

If You Are On The Right Path, It Will Always Be Uphill

Last week, I hiked the Grand Canyon—from the start of South Kaibab Trail to the end of Bright Angel Trail. It's a grueling, painful hike and it took me about nine or ten hours to complete. Toward the end, I was hiking in the dark and using my headlamp to find my way.

This was my fourth time hiking the Grand Canyon and it was my second time hiking it alone. My wife said I was crazy for doing it (and she may be right) but I really enjoy solitary hiking and I REALLY enjoy hiking the Grand Canyon.

Every time I hike the Grand Canyon (or any difficult trail) I am reminded of a quote by Henry B. Eyring: "If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill."

There is a part of me that wants to contradict that quote. Indeed, the world often fights against it. Perpetual comfort and security seems to be everyone's chief goal. Of course, there's nothing inherently wrong with that. It is righteous and needful to provide comfort and security to your families and yourself. But the greatest rewards in life are found at the summit of the most difficult and arduous mountains.

Hiking up the steep incline of the Grand Canyon, I took a break and watched the last rays of the setting sun disappear fade from view. Then, I marveled as the super moon rose and illuminated the sheer cliff of the Grand Canyon. A truly marvelous sight that no photograph of mine could ever fully capture.

Reaching the summit of Bright Angel Trail was a reward, in and of itself—a feeling I would have missed if I had favored comfort and stayed home.

I challenge you to get outside of your comfort zones. Explore the world and travel uphill. The best rewards are always at the summit of your personal mountains.