Let's Aim High


I am going to stop procrastinating... 


I am going to maintain a healthy diet and fitness routine...


I am going to start believing in myself... 


I am going to work on being less critical of others... 


The last statement, about being less critical, was my personal goal that I chose to carry while climbing Georgia State's Stone Mountain. You see, we each decided that reaching the top of the mountain was more than just a physical challenge. The climbing of Stone Mountain also symbolized an individual goal that we would aspire to attain in the new year. 


After about forty-five minutes, we found ourselves at the top of the mountain, where we split up to meditate, reflect, and pray as we threw away all of the excuses and caveats that were preventing us from reaching our goals in the past. You may be reading this, wondering: How exactly did they throw their goal-barriers away? Well, Nikki and Joy came up with the idea to use symbolic things that we found in nature. For example, I threw a pine cone over the cliff because the rough and prickly texture of the pine cone represented how brusque and hurtful my critism can sometimes be received. Some other items from nature that my friends used to symbolize their personal goals were rocks to represent stability and sticks to represent being healthy but not as skinny as a twig. 


It was truly a spiritual moment for each one of us. We hugged and most importantly, encouraged each other by promising to hold one another accountable for reaching our individual goals, throughout the course of the year. 


Before you go into the new year, choose something that you can throw off of a cliff or a bridge, that you want to begin changing about yourself. Pray about it and seek support from your circle of loved ones to hold you accountable on your journey as well. 

Aiming high,
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