After reading “Peaks and Valleys” by Spencer Johnson, M.D., I was struck by the truisms and wisdom of this story. The story centers on the life of a young man who lives in the Valley and always wants to get to a Peak. When he hikes up to a Peak for the first time, he finds an old man who teaches him the truth of how to approach your good times and your bad times.
One of the most profound truths the old man tells comes from years of experience, learning this lesson of managing your peaks and your valleys. He tells the young man, “The most common reason you leave a peak too soon is arrogance, masquerading as confidence. The most common reason you stay in a valley too long is fear, masquerading as comfort.”
When we have great news, we also shouldn’t make the great news better than what it really is. When we have bad news, we shouldn’t make the bad news worse than what it really is. We must make reality our friend, if we are to do well in the high times and the low times.
Reality is a blessing and we shall not take anything for granted that we have. Life is generally what you make of it. Stay true to loving where you are at. It is the key to contentment and satisfaction.