Ladders to the Sky

He knew it was the right thing to do. It wasn’t a conscious thought, but rather, an automatic response to the world around him. It was all he’d known and all he’d ever been told. The question, in his mind, was never if, but when. He looked to his left, then to his right and proceeded to put one foot on the ladder.

“Yes, this feels right,” he quietly affirmed, alternating feet as he climbed each rung. He could hear classmates, family, and friends in the distance. From his vantage point, the sky looked like a sea of ladders, validating the necessity of his mission.

With each step he became more satisfied. His self worth increased and his pride multiplied. When complexities arose he remained composed, fully aware that hardships come with the territory. The top of the ladder wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was supposed to be….He stopped. What was it supposed to be?

He looked down and could make out a group of kids playing soccer. “Maybe that’s what the top will be like,” he thought. “That feeling of being lost in the game I love on a summer afternoon. Simple, yet perfect.” He took a few more steps, eyes still fixated on the earth below. “Ah! There is my house. Maybe that’s it. Time spent with the most important people in my life. All those days I wish never ended. That must be what I’m climbing toward.” He smiled and continued up. The higher he got, the greater his fascination with the landscape below, as the clearly defined shoreline, mountains, deserts, forests, and cities began to take shape. It was almost surreal. “Maybe that’s what the top is like,” he suggested to himself.  “An existence so beautiful that it takes your breath away.”

Up he climbed, with a focus so intense that the world around him seemed to fade away. He tilted his head back and peered up toward the top of the ladder. There was no end in sight. It didn’t matter though. He knew he’d get there. Everything he ever wanted was waiting for him. Everything he left below.

“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love; you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle

By Eddie Pinero @yourworldwithin