Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Play me some 'Mountain Music'.


We've all gone for picnics and sung 'She'll be Coming Down The Mountain'. While the girl in the song is coming down the mountain, there are more songs about going up the mountain - starting from the nursery rhyme, 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain'.


A mountain, as we all know, is a natural elevation of the earth's surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than that of a hill, usually greater than 2000 feet (610 meters). And we've learnt in Geography, that the source of rivers usually lie in the mountains. If you ask a child one feature of the river and the mountain, he will probably quote Tina Turner "River Deep, Mountain High"

Which is the highest mountain in the world? You don't need to be a genius to answer 'Mount Everest' in the Himalayas at 8848 meters or 29029 feet. But even at that height it's not high enough. 


'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'. 63 years ago today (May 29), Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay proved just that, when they stepped on the summit of Mount Everest. And to keep the date memorable, Tenzing decided to designate it as his 'birthday'. Since he did not know the actual date of his birth, other than that it was probably around the end of the month of May, this was a perfect date. He actually was born anew on this date, which made him world famous for generations to come. 

"I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life." - Tenzing Norgay

We all face challenges in our life, and probably think of them as mountains. In most cases, we probably just making a 'MOUNTAIN out of a molehill'. When challenges come our way, the question is whether we 'Call It A Mountain'


Just a week before the 60th anniversary of the first climbers scaling the highest peak on earth. an Indian girl did the same. But this was a first in its own right...


How do we face the mountains in our life... Do we delve on them too much... or do we face them like the brave people on this post... and follow the advice that Mother Superior gives Maria in 'The Sound of Music' - 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain'

 

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