The Claws of a Mountain

'The Claws of a Mountain' acrylic paint and ink on paper. Created by Jina Wallwork.

The Claws of a Mountain - Jina Wallwork

 

There are some challenges that invite our presence. We are tempted by the view from the peak of the mountain. It exists within our imagination, and we seek the dream. As we begin the ascent, our hands grip the rock face firmly while we focus on the result of the climb.

The claws of the mountain scratch our skin, and our muscles ache from the constant effort. Focusing on an imagined dream is not enough to sustain the momentum needed for this difficult journey. Many fantasies are discarded as the climber returns to the foot of the mountain.

The person who focuses on a dream will not attain great heights. It is the climber who will always travel the farthest. She continues despite all the scratches, and you can imagine that she continues out of dedication to a final result. Instead, she persists because that is who she is; it is what she does. Outcomes are irrelevant, because this is her life. The peak of the mountain is out of focus because the climber is concentrating on the next piece of rock. She doesn’t imagine the sights visible from the peak, because she is watching the view alter with every step. She doesn’t wish to know the outcome; she wants to know the mountain.

 

'The Claws of a Mountain' acrylic paint and ink on paper. Created by Jina Wallwork.