“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” -Barry Finlay

About a week ago, a counseling friend of mine, Peter Duncan, gave me this awesome illustration during one of our recent talks and I wanted to share it with you guys.

Imagine there is one of these rock climbing walls in front of you. If you are afraid of heights, the climb can seem very daunting, yes?

While you are climbing, you cannot look down because you can easily lose focus and misstep, sending you tumbling back to the ground. If you focus too much on the top, it can seem so far away and insurmountable, lending to hopelessness.

That is why, before you begin to climb, your focus is on planting your hands and feet on the notches in the wall so that you can have firm support. Then, moving from notch to notch, you make the climb, glancing up once in a while at the top, but maintaining your focus on making sure you have good footing as you move up. Doing this, you will reach the top before you even realize it.

What does this have to do with chronic pain?

In the daily war you have with chronic pain, victory (the top) can seem so far away and the pain (the bottom) can seem so overwhelming. However, if you can find the places in your life that still bring you hope, these notches in your life where you still have solid footing, you hang on to them and allow them to propel you forward through life.

Will there be some notches that fall through?

Of course! In those cases, you find new ones to replace them. I know this is all easier said then done, but believe me when I tell you that it will bring to a better place than you have been. One step closer to victory!

Keep up the fight! Keep climbing!