I have rock climbed in various forms since 7th grade. It started with weekly classes in middle school, when I broke my arm I took a really long break before getting back into it later in high school. This past summer my friend Allason and I would go climbing together. Usually in the morning before she had to go to work. We would take turns on a few top rope climbs before she had to go, then I would bolder until I was sore.
One week this summer I showed her a boldering problem I was having a lot of trouble with. I explained to her where my hands were, what point I was stuck on, and what I had been trying to do.
Then she asked the critical question. Where were my feet?
Too far down was the answer in that situation.
But it got me thinking. How often do we reach for something that is just out of reach? We stretch so hard to try and grab something that we want to be ours, all in vain because it’s just a bit too far. What if our problem is not that what we’re reaching for is too far, but that our feet aren’t in the right spot? The problem can easily be solved by adjusting our feet so that we can reach new heights. Could it really be that easy?