Mount Destiny (inspirational story)

Mount Destiny - a tale of inspiration

Keep Trying To Try --- by "the JOYS"

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

This is a tale of three young men who went on a journey through life. The adventures they shared and the lessons of life they learned.


Mount Destiny

Mike, Mark and Jack were three young men who hung out together in "No Goal Arcade." Life was pretty much humdrum and activities they engaged in were far from exciting. As they hung out wasting time, they often peered out the window to the top of the mountain just outside the Arcade doors. The mountain was named Mount Destiny.

One day they decided to head out and climb the mountain. Without thought, they started hiking. They got to a dead end in a canyon just a few hours into their journey. Not knowing what to do they headed back to No Goal Arcade. Turned out the canyon had a name. It was called "Dead End Canyon."

Days past, even weeks and every day the mountain seemed to be calling them. They started talking to everyone about their dream of climbing Mount Destiny. Their desire to climb the mountain had become a burn in their hearts and minds. An older gentleman happened to drop into the Arcade one day who had climbed Mount Destiny some years back. He become the boys mentor and they listened to him with intent. He taught them many things about mountain climbing and what tools they would need. Most of all he taught them about the right attitude necessary to change their dream into a goal. Then he took the time to help them develop a plan.

The day came and the boys were ready to leave. They said farewell to their many "going nowhere friends" at No Goal Arcade and off they went. Maps, compasses, ropes and camping gear were carefully stuffed into their back packs and good hiking boots were on their feet. They felt like mountaineers and they looked the part too!

The weather cooperated the first couple days but then the wind and rain started. Every step got heavier and the progress they made each hour became next to nil. They made camp, and frustrated they climbed into their sleeping bags and went to sleep.

In the morning the sun broke through the clouds and Mike and Mark were excited to get going. Jack however was nowhere to be found. Where his sleeping bag had been the night before was a note. "Guys, I'm going back to the arcade to my old friends. This climb is too much work and the weather is a pain. You can go on without me or you can join me back at the Arcade."

Mike and Mark were disappointed, however they were not detoured from their goal. The mountain peak was still there to conquer and by gully they were going on. The climb continued to be more difficult than they expected and Mark was getting weary. They cleared another rise in the terrain and there before them was a beautiful valley. Fish were jumping in the spring fed lake at the center of the valley, and wild life was all around them. The valley, according to the map, was called "Good Enough Valley."

They made camp and decided to take it easy a few days. the fishing in the lake was terrific and Mike and Mark had a great time. They played in the sun, fished and watched the wild life with great curiosity. Finally after just a few days Mike got restless. Mount Destiny was still there to be conquered. He informed Mark that in the morning they would break camp and carry on. Mark however said he was satisfied with the climb already. He had no intention of pushing any further. Good Enough Valley was good enough for him.

Mike went on alone. He climbed some of the most difficult rock walls, went around some huge boulders and many fallen trees along the trail. The air became thin and his body ached from the constant push. Many times he slipped while climbing sheer rock walls, but was able to catch onto tree roots to break a fall. Sometimes all he was able to do was stick his fingers and toes into tiny cracks to lift himself up nd onward. Bleeding from both his knees and grabbing onto rocks with cold scraped fingers, he kept going without the thought of turning back. He was determined to make it to the top, and that is exactly what he did.

Years later Mike, Mark and Jack met in a place called the here after. Mark and Jack went to Mike and asked him to tell them about the rest of the journey up Mount Destiny.

Mike smiled and said - Friends it is not the journey that really mattered, it is what I learned along the way. When we were all hanging out at No Goal Arcade we had no dreams and thus no goals. I know now one needs to have a dream and make that dream a goal. "There is no magic in little dreams to move a mans soul, you have to dream BIG."

Then, when we hit dead end canyon, the first time we attempted the climb. From that experience I learned "If you fail to plan you plan to fail."

The second time we set out we had both a goal and a plan, but Jack you never understood that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." Jack, you gave up and went back to the Arcade because of a little wind and rain.

Mark - we had fun in Good Enough Valley didn't we? But you stayed there and never finished the climb. From watching you I learned that "if you settle for second best that is all you will ever be or have."

I went on alone through the hardest part of the climb. It was clear to me that "Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit," and by gully I chose to win and so I did. But now that we are here, there is still one more lesson I learned that is very powerful. "There is Never and End to Learning, Only New Beginnings."

With that statement he turned to his two friends from another time and said with the confidence of the old man who mentored them all in the Arcade many moons ago...... "Lets begin"

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mickeuan 8 years ago

What a great story filled with morals that we all should learn and impliment.


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

mickeuan - thanks for your comment and taking the time to read my story!


sharon 8 years ago

Good story Neil


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Sharon -


newcapo 7 years ago

Enjoyed the story, look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

newcapo - appreciate your taking time to comment

Thanks


Dewayne Goodwin 7 years ago

Neil I loved the story it had a great point and very true as I have learned that when you speak or write most of the time if we listen we can all learn something from you thanks my friend


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Dewayne - thanks so much for dropping by and taking the time to comment!

Cheers my friend


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MrMarmalade 7 years ago from Sydney

Your story was terrific and very motivating. It espoused all my feelings about life and the 'Journey of Life.

Your story brought all the Goals and Objectives I had achieved from an earlier time span.

Thank you for the memory


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

marmalade - I'm very glad you enjoyed the story - I too achieved goals in the past - then after a bad divorce starting all over again... LOL - boogie!

Thanks so much for your comments!

 


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

niel - so many spiritual journeys begin in the wilderness


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

A truly inspirational story!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Delores and Laughing Mom - Thank You both for taking time to comment.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

The end brought me goosebumps and had me teary eyed. I will keep this story close to my heart. Every moment is a new beginning if we want it to be. Thanks for the story!


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Dheeraji 7 years ago from Leicestershire

Now that's a great story Neil :)

And I agree with 'Laughing Mom' that its a truly inspirational story, I very much enjoyed reading it.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

K@ari - :-)

Goosebumps are good -- Thanks !!!


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Dheeraji

-- Thanks !!! I'm very happy you enjoyed the story... My kids loved it when they were little.


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metaphysician 7 years ago

It's just awesome! Rated it up and bookmarked. I would be coming back to re-read it. That's for sure.


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

metaphysician - wow thanks - that was a compliment!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Very good hub Neil, I almost slid off my chair as I was reading, it was so interesting. Thanks for sharing


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

fastfreta - hey - thanks a lot my friend.


LEWJ 6 years ago

GOOD STORY WELL TOLD.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hy Neil

I really liked the inspirational message here. There's a lot to learn in this. It remainds me of a book called "Who moved my cheese?" Similar themes about goals and objectives disguised as a simple story, but yours is good, I relate to humans much better than mice. I just hate mice! Great hub, Neil! : )


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

LEWJ - Thanks for the comment.

Cheeky - Who Moved my Cheese was a great little book even though I agree 100% "I Hate Mice too" - Dirty critters they are - LOL Thanks for the comment!


Tina Irene 6 years ago

Neil -

I'll be referring back to this hub whenever the going gets tough...or is the word "tougher"? Thanks for sharing.


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Paulipopo 6 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

I love the way you explained what it means to become successful. It is a journey and takes time and persistence. Great Hub


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chrissie123 6 years ago

This story is great! I believe everyone could learn something from this. I know I did!


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Ohma 6 years ago

Nice I really hope for a world full of Mikes one day.

God Bless!


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john guilfoyle 6 years ago

most assuredly inspirational my friend...at a moment when I could readily accept some..

many thanks


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tina Irene - cool - I'll be glad to have you come again. Glad you enjoyed.

Paulipopo - yip- time and persistance

chrissie123 - I learn something everyday -- At least I hope to learn something daily...LOL!

Ohma - So you changing your name to Mike now?

john guilfoyle - it is me thanking you my friend - See you at the top!


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uliveulearn 6 years ago from Canada

Good messages for many and I agree u live u learn.


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Kavita Trivedi 6 years ago from London

Awww... what a lovely story very inspirational. Life is a learning curve. How borng would life be without all those ups and downs? Great write


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

LOL - uliveulearn - your name says it all. Well some people never seem to learn heehee

Kavita - yip- those ups and downs make life all a gas.

Thank you both for sharing

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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TINA V 6 years ago

This is a beautiful hub. I like what you wrote, “it is not the journey that really mattered; it is what I learned along the way.” Whether our journey was easy or hard, the lessons we learned in life will eventually bring us to our dreams. It can also be passed on from one generation to another generation in our family and friends.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tina - Glad you enjoyed the hub - and a big thanks for commenting. I agree with your comment 100%


SHARON 5 years ago

I`M GOING THREW SOME THINGS RIGHT NOW.AND GODS HELPING ME GET THREW IT.BUT THINGS HAVE GOT SO RUFF FOR ME ,THAT I`VE THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING UP.BUT AFTER I READ THIS,IT GAVE ME A PUSH TO KEEP GOING DON`T GIVE UP.THATS WHAT THE DEVIL WANTS, BUT HES NOT GOING TO WIN THIS ONE,NO WAY.YOU HELPED ME ALOT.GOD WANTED ME TO SEE THIS.I REALLY BELIEVE THAT.READING THIS AND GODS HELP,I`M COMEING OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE.WITH A SMILE,AND GOD HOLDING MY HAND,LEADING THE WAY. THANKS SO MUCH,I REALLY NEEDED THIS.SHARON.KEEP ON GOING


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Sharon - That's awesome you found inspiration to keep going and keep smiling. Yippeeeee


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sofs 5 years ago

Inspirational! Great truths succinctly put in an engaging story. Have goals, plan, get tough, never settle for the second best and no ending only new beginnings.. Oh wow.. so much in a little story. Up and awesome!!


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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

Wonderful story Neil; I truly enjoyed it and the picture you chose to go along with it, is absolutely beautiful!


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

sofs and Angelique Newman - Thank you both for taking time to read and comment. Sofs - Up and awesome means a lot to me and Angelique how nice to hear you like the picture as well.... I thought it fit the story perfectly too.


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poshcoffeeco 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Awesome story.Picture at the top is beautiful.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

poshcoffeeco - hey thanks for the story and photo praise! Glad you liked it!


Derdriu 4 years ago

Neil Sperling: Thank you for the deep truths behind the charming, humorous, insightful anecote.

Voted up, and all else also,

Derdriu


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

derdriu - glad you enjoyed this story - it is fun for me too.


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marshacanada 4 years ago from Vancouver BC

Thanks for the story Neil. I loved climbing mountains when I was younger-now I think I might be more tempted by good enough valley.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Marsha - lets stay young together then LOL.... that would be good enough for me! Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Much Appreciated.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Neil... great to have you find me and what a wonderful read and a lesson in life for many to read. Well done and certainly hits home...

Rolly in Canada


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Rolly - glad you enjoyed it. So... one foot ahead of the other we shall take the next step!


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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I viewed your hub because I received notice that you were now following my hubs (for that, thank you). In viewing your profile, I observed that you are business/success oriented, not necessarily a focus that I'm pursuing, but your hub's title attracted me--I happen to enjoy inspirational stories. I'm also literary, though, and I was hoping for more literary style in your story. Glancing at the comments, I decided to give this hub a chance and proceeded through this story at a snail's pace.

The positive aspect of this hub is it's message: to set a goal and don't give up. And, because of the message, this could be made into a novel or even a film. It would need a lot of work, though. For example, except for Mike's concluding speech, there is no dialog. The characters, too, are undeveloped, making it harder to relate to them than if we knew more about their backgrounds and had some encounters illustrating their friendship with one another.

As a hub, it's all right. The following are some editorial notes you might make to improve ease in reading. There are many comma additions which should be made that I have not mentioned. Also, I didn't list all your capitalizations necessary for style consistency. I hope my comments are useful and, perhaps, inspirational.

Editorial notes:

He become [became] the boys

disappointed,[;] however[,] they

and[,] by gully[golly,] they

spring[-]fed lake

few days. the[The] fishing

Mark[,] however[,] said

pushing any further[farther].

up nd[and] onward.

called the here after [The Hereafter]

Mike smiled and said[,] -[delete hyphen, add "]Friends[,] it is[it's] not the journey that really mattered,[; OR --] it is[it's] what I learned along the way. When we were all hanging out at No Goal Arcade[,] we had no dreams and[, thus[, OR delete "thus"] no goals. I know now one needs to have a dream and make that dream a goal. "[delete "]There is no magic in little dreams to move a mans[man's] soul,[;] you have to dream BIG." *** P.S. I love the picture of the mountain and water!


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

marie -- I did done got grayed 12 but I arrent concerned with gandmer nor spellin. It's the message that counts - thanks for the Kriteek (spelled fonetically) anyway


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

Loved the story, and there's always a lesson to learn :)


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Precy Anza - I appreciate your positive input.

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