I'm well now so it doesn't seem so significant. But when my husband and I had the influenza last year, coughed our lungs up for two weeks, I completely lost my voice for 6 days (I know, I've heard all the jokes about how lucky Arlo was), and after we thought we were well and we came down with it again, things seemed hopeless. It seemed like a great low.
However, it was only a valley. And the top of the hill was gained when we could breathe without coughing and face the day with hope and energy.
We often hear life has its highs and lows, mountains and crevices, peaks and troughs. But, what about the hills?
Not every notable moment is feeling high on a mountaintop! Not every moment brings us to our knees in a tight crevice that we feel we can't get out of. We confront and make it over many more hills in our lives than the extremes.
Valleys are when an illness lays us low for a few days, we miss a meeting, a party, a significant event. A valley doesn't make us feel suicidal nor does it make us want to dance on the table! It's just a lowering of our spirit perhaps, and a relief when whatever brought us down is over. Yet it is character building. A crevice may make it seem there's no way out of the present crisis.
A hill is when we hear we got a raise, finally got over an illness such as a cold or the flu which we expected to get over anyway, we see a friend and get a hug, our spouse recognizes our significance in their happiness.
Hills are to exercise our mental muscles on how to handle the swings of life. And they help us recognize the crevices and the mountain peaks.
It might be interesting to keep a journal of the significant events in our life, label them hills, valleys, crevices or mountain peaks. Then go back over them at the end of a year and see if we would label them differently. I think I would have a different perspective and it might help me navigate these landmarks. I also might see how people, prayer, and my own weakness played a part or changed through these experiences.
We hear "everything happens for a reason," perhaps, or perhaps it's how we handle "everything" no matter why it happened that grows and matures us, shapes us into productive and resilient individuals, ready to make the world a better place for everyone.