To the Women on the Mountaintop

On the mountaintop of gracious womanhood, women do not shine the light on their faces. They nourish their beauty of spirit more than they emphasize their beauty of countenance.

“I’m Every Woman. . . Anything . . . I'll do it naturally.” – Ashford

The woman in the photograph is Bev Holland, image of empowerment for all women who make it to the mountaintop in their womanhood experience, and the wife of Bill Holland the writer who issued the challenge for other writers to interpret this picture.
The woman in the photograph is Bev Holland, image of empowerment for all women who make it to the mountaintop in their womanhood experience, and the wife of Bill Holland the writer who issued the challenge for other writers to interpret this picture. | Source

Even though the women on the mountaintop do not parade the details of their physical form, their protruding hips silhouetted against the heavens, remind their admirers that they are women; for women on the mountaintop (literal or metaphorical) maintain their natural appeal.

Ask the late Maya Angelou, "beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and Wake Forest’s Reynolds Professor of American Studies.” On the mountaintop of her productive womanhood, she reminds us of her natural heritage in these lines from her poem Phenomenal Woman:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. . .
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step. . .

Women do not stop being women on their way to the mountaintop. With respectful boundaries in place, their female characteristics— like nurture, intuition and sex appeal-- benefit them as they maneuver their way through situations and relationships. This has to be said for those who think that women on the mountaintop have access to a different or better kind of femininity.

So, here are three natural facts adopted by women on the mountaintop; and they are options for all women.

Characteristics of The Women on the Mountaintop

(1) They paint themselves into the picture.

(2) They visualize and pursue their mountaintop.

(3) They think perseverance, not perfection.

(1) The Picture

Thank God for YouTube, and the opportunity for women everywhere to see a picture whenever they long for a mountaintop view. Real is far better, but videos come in handy.

The grandeur and the majesty of the hills present a show of colorful, irregular beauty and a peaceful joy which is hardly experienced anywhere else. From the real or pictorial mountaintop, there is opportunity for all to enjoy:

  • the clear blue of the sky and the fluffy white of the clouds;
  • the rugged slopes decorated with different shades of greens and browns;
  • the vastness of space and the imagination of one’s spirit floating around it as in a dream;
  • the beautiful, close-up arrangement which a collection of uneven leaves can make.

Oh, for mothers and mentors to teach the young maidens to paint themselves into the picture, realizing that with a sense of purpose:

  • the beauty of women is a natural fit for the beauty of the mountaintop;
  • the view from the top expands their horizons;
  • they need not live in fear of slipping and sliding toward the lowlands;
  • the pull of healthy self-worth keeps them within reach of the mountaintop.


Women on Mountaintops

  1. Agnes Bojaxhiu known as Mother Teresa (1910-1997) - a mountaintop model of service
  2. Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001) – a mountaintop employer who pulled other women to self-sufficiency
  3. Anne Frank (1929-1945) – a mountaintop diarist
  4. Martha Stewart (1947 - ) - a mountaintop business owner majoring in domesticity
  5. Wendy Kopp (1967 - ) - a mountaintop educator, initiating Teach for America
  6. Mia Hamm (1972- ) - a mountaintop soccer player

from Women Who Changed Our World

(2) The Pursuit

The woman in the picture above is an inspiration for all aspiring women. Certain ideas like research, fitness, attitude, travel guide come to mind in serious consideration of how to get where she is.

Consider the following tips which are applicable to the climb in all areas of life--good health, finances, career, relationships (including marriage), parenting and more.

  • Women on the mountaintop decide on the mountain they want to ascend, and make deliberate efforts to get there.
  • They make the climb a top priority, and make sacrifices to keep it there.
  • They do not run all the way; they pace their progressive steps.
  • They adopt the attitude that the climb is an exciting adventure; not a task they prefer not to do.
  • They do not travel alone; they select supportive companionship.


Rest if you must, on your way to the top, but keep the destination in sight.
Rest if you must, on your way to the top, but keep the destination in sight. | Source

(3) Their Perseverance

Women on the mountaintop get there by patience and perseverance. They may have to rest, but they continue the climb to the finish. Their steps are progressive, though not always perfect.

Many other women abort the climb because the journey is too long, the road is not smooth, or they are afraid of insect bites. They major in comfort instead of courage, in fear instead of faith.

Therefore, the women who make it to the mountaintop deserve to be celebrated and imitated. In addition to endurance, they teach us confidence and dedication.

Show me the women who deserve commendation in their natural roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives; and I will show you the women who have secured their place on the mountaintops that matter most.

© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A marvelous hub, great music and great photos, all into an amazing truth worthy to aspire to. A fine tribute to fine women. Each mountaintop is the one known by one.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

What an interesting approach to this challenge, and what a beautiful result. I love these challenges, and I'm always pleasantly amazed at the level of talent that surrounds me here at HP. Dora, this was beautiful. Thank you my friend, and blessings to you always.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Wonderful hub; well done! You speak about such important matters which make women seek and persevere and succeed. The message is powerful and should be read by many so I've shared it.

Superb response to bill's challenge.

Ann


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Eric, I am honored by your appreciation for women.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, you continue to inspire whether you present or you challenge. You bring the best out of your fans!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Ann. Your comment encourages me.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Very good MsDora, What a challenge to Billybuc. I love both you guys :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Absolutely beautiful MsDora. You met the challenge and more. Wonderful words of wisdom here and some beautiful examples of women in mountain tops.voted up.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

You have met this challenge with a deep and meaningful work, Dora. You have reached out and pulled many into the one; a very masterful thing to do!


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realtalk247 2 years ago

Love this inspirational hub. It was the encouragement to my day.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yes, let's celebrate womanhood and all that it entails!!! You have written such a profound piece here in response to Bill's challenge. Beautiful truths you have shared about the undeniable strength of women who persevere in this life despite all obstacles to get to that mountaintop. Love your photos and video.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

Superb!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

wow this hub gives mountain top women extra credibility.. you forget how wonderful they are an hubs like this remind us.. awesome


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

MsDora, this is inspirational and beautiful. I love how you used the mountaintop as a metaphor for achievement and determination. You my friend, is indeed a phenomenal woman.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful thought here and I so enjoyed reading about the greater women.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, thanks for your comment and your love.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Jodah, for your very encouraging comment.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, I appreciate your comment. Women are one of my most favorite topics to write about.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, RealTalk. I also love your work. Let's encourage each other.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Faith. Womanhood is a precious gift, worth celebrating every chance we get.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Frank. Appreciative men like you are among the reasons that women want to be their best.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jo. you're so kind and sweet! We both are phenomenal women.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate you.


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E Hyland Maze 2 years ago from Santa Clarita

just another example of why I believe women rule! Great job!


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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

What an inspiration you are, MsDora, for you have truly made it to the mountaintop in my eyes! Your example is one that we can all emulate!


sheilamyers 2 years ago

It's great that you took the challenge and used the picture to create such an inspiring hub. This is good advice for all women.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eugene, you made me smile. Thanks for your very cheery comment.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, I'm blushing. Let's hold hands and raise them in the air together in celebration of our mountaintop experience! I appreciate you!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ardhendu, thanks for your comment. Sorry that I have to erase it because of the link you inserted. I bookmarked and will look at your blog. Cheers!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Sheila. Actual hills and mountains are among my favorite things to admire, and they inspire me.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

This is the third in the challenge I have read, and how wonderful you wrote it! so different, and that's why its so amazing! every woman has to reach that mountain top one way or another or fall by the wayside, wonderful!


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lrc7815 2 years ago from Central Virginia

Awesome!!! Decades ago I read a book titled "Women Who Run With the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, It spoke to the spirit of women and motivated me to find my strength in the challenges, to never give up on the things that mattered, and above all else, to never let someone else define me. I found the same inspiration in this piece. I felt the wisdom of the Grandmothers in your words and love that you paid tribute to those who have gone before us. We stand on their shoulders and they lift us up, if we will let them. Great, great work! I will add a link to my own response to the challenge and am off now to become a follower.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Nell. Here on HP, we help each other toward that literary mountaintop. I appreciate your support.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Linda, that book sounds like one I would like to read. Glad the article brought you a good memory.


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L.M. Hosler 2 years ago

Another beautifully written hub which I enjoyed reading very much. Good tribute to women everywhere.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

L.M., so glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for your encouraging comment.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

This is a great perspective of the woman on the mountaintop. M S Dora, this hub is useful, inspirational and also informative. You have presented a great response to Bill's challenge. Voted up and shared.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

I love your take on this challenge! This is very creative and wonderful to read. Jamie


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Harish, thank you for such kind words, and thank you for the vote.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jhamann, glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for letting me know.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Dora another interesting and different take.

Strong and vivid all the way through. Much beauty towards the end and certainly an inspiration for women and indeed all. I like the mention of Maya Angelou and Mother Theresa. I met them both. The latter with Sri Chinmoy and Maya here in London on behalf of Sri Chinmoy.

"Rest if you must, on your way to the top, but keep the destination in sight." Pensive-looking picture worth pondering too. Thinking of a Challenge, perhaps?

An excellent contribution to Bill's work and quite commendable. Pranams.


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Suhail and my dog 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

This reply to Bill's challenge is useful, awesome, and interesting. Very well written indeed!

Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Suhail. With such fine taste as you have your comment means a lot to me.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, your comments are very encouraging. Thanks.


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Suhail and my dog 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

And I would like to add that this response has enabled me to start preparing a hub of my own as a response to Bill's challenge.

Thank you once again for writing such an educating hub as this one.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Suhail, you were inspired. Thanks for letting me know.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful hub containing some thought provoking information. It's a great contribution to the challenge!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Alicia. I read yours also and it is so unique. Commendation from a writer as talented as you means a whole lot to me.


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

"Women on the mountaintop get there by patience and perseverance. They may have to rest, but they continue the climb to the finish. Their steps are progressive, though not always perfect."

So perfectly said. I truly appreciated this insightful and encouraging article. God bless you!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Mothers. Happy to hear from you and I appreciate your encouragement.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Hmm,. somehow I missed this. I love it Dora. Keep on inspiring us.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lori, glad you're inspired. Thanks for your support.

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