"Give me Mountains to Climb...
Give me something that's gonna make me better than I was."
As I listened to these lyrics in the inspiring song entitled "Mountains to Climb" by Erin Thomas (available for free download on youth lds.org site) it sparked the idea for a future practice incentive. It's not completely mapped out yet but a few ideas that come to mind are
Scale Mountain (Scales)
Rocky Rhythm Mountain (Rhythm Drills)
Sightseeing Mountain (Sightreading)
Echo Mountain (Ear Training)
What other mountains would you add to the list?
The analogy in this song also reminded me of inspiring message several months ago.
"I heard President Spencer W. Kimball, in a session of conference, ask
that God would give him mountains to climb. He said: “There are great
challenges ahead of us, giant opportunities to be met. I welcome that
exciting prospect and feel to say to the Lord, humbly, ‘Give me this
mountain,’ give me these challenges.”1 (read the entire article by Henry B. Eyring "Mountains to Climb".
I love that perspective! Rather than taking the easy road, true growth occurs when we welcome challenges and question "What can I learn from this?" rather than asking "Why me?"
We all encounter different "mountains" in life as is portrayed in this short video clip. Obviously the mountains in my students and children's future will be much more difficult than "Sightseeing Mountain" but I hope to help them see that they can do hard things... big or small.
I particularly relate to the challenges of the mother trying to rush her children out the door. It's easy for me to lose perspective at times in the busyness of everyday life with the deadlines, pressures and responsibilities that are upon me as a mother of 6. I love how children can sometimes be our greatest teachers!