The Climb

It’s much easier to navigate the harrows of life without making stops to show compassion and kindness to your fellow travelers. As we continue on our personal journey trampling those around us, who are making the same climb, becomes a second nature. Like crabs in a bucket, anytime a fellow reaches the cusp of escaping their own harrowing journey, there is someone more than happy to grab at their leg and pull them back down into the darkness. The darkness we all fight so desperately to escape.

Acts of kindness or compassion seem almost against human nature.

But why?

Most of us are ill equipped to tackle the journey alone.

What makes it so difficult to push each other towards the top in the mad climb up?

Who enjoys reaching the cusp of personal achievement, only to be dragged down by circumstance?

Why do we turn around and tear each other down?

Is it bitterness from experience; a psychological conditioning that we must tear those around us down because that’s what was done to us and we now know it to be commonplace?

There has to come a breaking point where collective minds go against the dog eat dog status quo and choose compassion and kindness over selfishness.

Is it that much more difficult, to the point of impossible, to help one another up? We could all make this climb much easier if we banded together instead of going alone.

Imagine a world where people took the extra time to ensure other’s dreams come to fruition. The beauty of everyone achieving what they set out for. Hands reaching out, grasping, pulling, and helping the steady ascension to the top. Creating a ladder of success, a ladder built from kindness and compassion. Would be a lot easier than clawing your way up alone.

The shift in mindset, in taking each other’s hands, won’t come easy. We have been hard wired to fear one another. To expect the knife in the back. Those who choose kindness are used, abused, and called fools for caring for others. Focus on yourself, because everyone has an ulterior motive, right?

Wrong.

Are we not exhausted and dizzy from spinning in circles looking for acts of betrayal that seem to follow success so rapidly?

For fucks sake! There is plenty of room at the top! Don’t fear overcrowding. Fear being alone with no one to revel in success with.

So here is the call to arms. Take the time to uplift one another. Do it for the simple enjoyment of helping someone better themselves. In turn, you better yourself, as a human being. In turn, you better the world, by being a part of success instead of failure.

Prove that this world doesn’t run on the sacrificing of people’s dreams. If everyone helps, we build a ladder to the top. Each rung of compassion is easier than gripping at the walls, hands ragged and raw, struggling alone towards the top. There is no satisfaction at the top when you’ve watched all your friend’s disappear back down into the abyss.

It’s easy to lose oneself on the way up, especially if you have to trample people to get what you want.

So, the challenge. To be kind. To be compassionate. To break the conditioning of selfishness. Be a light in the darkness and help those around you achieve greatness, so that you might reach greatness in yourself.

Is it so hard?

Is it too hard?

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38 comments on “The Climb
  1. Beautifully put. I really like the imagery of the crabs in a bucket – I’ve seen that and it’s a powerful thing to relate to πŸ™‚

    I kind of hope that you put this on the linkie too, when we all publish our 1000Speak posts on the 20th πŸ˜‰ It’s great.

  2. Oh, how this gives me all the feels! You’re such an amazing writer, leader, Dad, Husband, friend. I’m so proud that you wrote this, Briton. I truly needed to read it. Hugs from this Hussy!

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  4. “Are we not exhausted and dizzy from spinning in circles looking for acts of betrayal that seem to follow success so rapidly?” Wow, Briton. You are so right. Too many people are trying to bring each other down. I’ve always had a hard time becoming friends with women for this exact reason. I try to build up rather than break down. I’d like to think I was the crab at the bottom of the bucket pushing the other crab out. Thanks for sharing. Great piece.

  5. You write with the wisdom of someone much older than you are “For fucks sake! There is plenty of room at the top! Don’t fear overcrowding. Fear being alone with no one to revel in success with.” Ask a successful person how many friends they have. The number is revealing. Very well said, Sir.

  6. *applauds* Yes! Yes to this all. I honestly don’t get why people are so eager to bring others down. What good does it do in the end? What good does it do if you don’t have people around you to celebrate all the successes in life with? Personally, the light that I like to shine into this world only gets brighter when I help people out.

    Very well written! ^_^

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  8. How very true!!! I think the best way to get the crabs to stop climbing over us, would be to simply offer them a boost. Doesn’t really matter who gets there first, does it?

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  10. Love, love, love this, Briton. So very true and right on. We have to fight our instinctive desire to compete and be the fittest among those around us. I don’t feel it is the key to survival. Maybe for some animals but we are better than that, we can feel and have the ability to give to others. πŸ™‚
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