Posted in Emotional Health, Having a Voice

Scaling New Heights

I read lots of articles and listen to hundreds of interviews with people facing a life-altering illness.  Every so often I hear someone make a comment like this is an opportunity to “scale new heights”.  I’ve read about women with breast cancer making the trek to the top of a mountain.  I’ve seen the stories of people walking across the country bringing recognition to their challenge.  Does every new height have to be huge?

What’s the difference between scaling new heights and making an internal shift toward healing?  Why do these monumental demonstrative actions equate to creating a new you?  I know I’m asking a lot of questions but I’m struggling as to why even the smallest changes aren’t considered scaling new heights.

Isn’t the person who never had time for anything who following the diagnosis creates a daily ritual of meditating scaling new heights?  Isn’t the person with heart disease who changes their eating habits scaling new heights?  I believe the smallest of changes is a new height.  I believe that when we’re motivated to make changes that improve our physical, emotional and spiritual health we are scaling new heights.

If the day comes that the well has run dry and taking these monumental changes is all I have left then maybe that’s the route I’ll take.  For today, I scale new heights by creating a spiritual practice, keeping to my medical regimen and finding news ways to feed my body and soul.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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