A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
That dream I had last night killed me. You have no idea! It burnt a hole in my soul. But I was mostly saved by waking up. I had to walk around for an hour to rid me of that incomprehensible shock. I had to file the experience away in my mind to fall back asleep. I should have known. But this dream has come true. Every last feeling of emotion was attributed to her. And I can’t wake up from it. This time it’s in the real world. All I can do is bite down on these sheets so that the alien whine of my pain is muted. And I bury my face in the pillow to absorb the flood of emotions.
But there is no remedy for my body, for it convulses out of control and no matter how much I tense my muscles I cannot keep it from shaking back and forth. I ran away from my bed. I cannot sleep or stay awake. All I can do is write and maybe if I say my piece I might be redeemed.
Exert from book
After several failed attempts between 2007 and 2010, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner ascended from the North Face of K2 on August 23, 2011. She became the first woman to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks.
K2 is the second tallest mountain but possibly the most difficult to climb. The blanket of snow across a white landscape can create a skewed perspective of a beautiful portrait, for the violent temperament of the mountain presents a plethora of problems for climbers to reach the summit. In 2011, Gerlinde abandoned the known "south-side" route, which she had attempted to climb in the past, and took the unfamiliar"north-side" route, following the magical line straight up the middle of the mountain to victory. She attributes part of her success to "following her gut," listening to her authentic self to develop a new and definite way forward.
Clarity of thought offers a new perspective to fulfill a purpose so great that life itself develops more meaning. However, in the real world fear always comes into the equation, and then one has to, unfortunately, weigh up the difference between what one’s inner child wants and what one’s adult fear doesn’t. So here is a formula to empowerment:
Nurture your wisdom by pursuing growth and constantly learning
Savor the journey of learning and growing
Acknowledge and accept the uncertainties of change as an inevitable part of growth
Always, always, always, do good to others
Never prey on someone's vulnerabilities, rather help nurture them to set the person free
These are the routes to true power. But then, perhaps it would be no longer called "power," but rather something more beautiful.
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Thoughts & nOTES
I was given a book at a time when I was very depressed. Life had lost all its meaning. Though I recognized the impact of a book on mortals, I was already in the inferno at depression’s invitation, and thus I did not expect that I could benefit from the story. But its message, and the beautiful way in which it was written, could be applied to anyone who has yet to discover themselves, and can dream of finding that treasure of the soul. After all, the story was intended on injecting a little happiness into the my life.
After some time, I found salvation in the profound wisdom of similar stories that had opened up a small window in my dark and shrunken universe. I was able to look through the window and breathe again. I was able to feel my existence despite the circumstance I was facing. My body regained form and my senses, deadened by depression, were suddenly alive, as if I had just been re-born. The scent of life entered me, and though I was utterly still, my mind was soaring on a journey of dreams. I instantly became overwhelming by the sensation of such perfect and complete contemptuousness.
I was at peace.
I used this opportunity to recondition my thoughts and pivot in a new direction. I would "auto-suggest" by repeating the same positive messages with the intent of changing my behavior. I thought about constructive ways on how to get out of this sad predicament. I discovered how to reclaim total ownership of my life, and pulled myself together under a better self-regulating mechanism. Words and their meanings change lives, and I have since recommended books to others.
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