Considering my goals for the year, the first story I told myself was 'that mountain must represent the tough climb ahead.' I dearly hoped there was some easy path around or through that was just out of sight. Thinking of 2014 as a mountain to climb was not comforting to someone who enjoys the company of trees, and would rather take a walk in the shady woods than hike a mountain in the sun.
Then I remembered the wonderful visual of the year that I enjoyed during Isabel Parlett's Annual Planning Day. That gave me a completely different perspective on this painting and 2014. Things have changed.
Now I see this view as looking back at where I've come. It is where I've been, not where I'm going. I'm not headed over that mountain, I've already been over it and made it to this side. I even spent a few months in that grassy pasture frolicking. Now I'm in the treeline, headed to the bank... the bank of the river, the river of life. YES!! I like that story much better.
In fact, there is more to the story. The treeline is a lush forest full of abundant resources and benevolent friends. It is located along the bank of a river. So I have access to the resources of the forest and the cool, refreshing and flowing, life giving water. There are rounded rocks along the bank. It is a lovely place to be with everything I need. I AM where I want to be. The mountain is behind me. Sweet.