This post is dedicated to the refuah shlema of Eliezer Avraham Tzvi ben Pessa and aliyat nishmat  Chaya Malca bas Rivka a’h

Last year in North Conway, New Hampshire, I attended  the best lecture I’ve ever heard in my lifetime.  It was presented by two extraordinary middle-aged women, Nancy Sporberg and Pat Piper,  who could have been your sister, your mother, your friend.   It was entitled, “It’s Not About the Hike.”  All of us in the audience laughed and cried with the speakers, and all of us left transformed, filled with joy and hope and love.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

We are two 50-plus-year-old women who started walking the sidewalks of Keene and ended up climbing the 100 Highest mountains in New England. We thought we were just going out for a hike when we climbed our first mountain. We were wrong. We were beginning the journey of a lifetime.

We have reached the summits of over 244 mountains since 2006, hiking through all four seasons. We have walked more than 1,600 miles and gained over 487,000 feet in elevation. But it’s not about the numbers. It’s about who we are becoming as we hike. We are discovering the strong courageous determined joyful women inside. Hiking has shown us the way to our hearts and our healing and given us a glimpse of who we really are.

We are ordinary women on an extraordinary journey.

Although their presentation is about their personal journey, climbing mountains and overcoming personal obstacles, it has a universal message.

We all have our own mountains to climb. If we can do this, you can do this too. Our hope is that our journey might inspire others to climb their own mountain, bringing more blessings into the world.

But . . . practically speaking, I asked them, really, how did they do it?  These women were not super jocks, and when they began they were not in the best of shape.

“We simply put one foot in front of the other, and kept going, one step at a time.”

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