When I was in my senior year of high school, my class went on a "survival trip". It was a tradition in my school for seniors to be taken out of town for one weekend in their final semester to engage in challenging physical activities to test our endurance. One of those activities was to embark on a 3-hour hike up a mountain...carrying another person on our backs.
I'm sure you can imagine my excitement. By hour one, I was panting and not amused -- similar to how my fellow classmate "carriers" felt. And just as I was about to stop and look for a way down, something funny happened.
Our field guide for the day, a 50-something Venezuelan mountaineering instructor, who was also on the trail, said "Perhaps, this is too much for you."
All of a sudden, my classmates who were clearly tired and frustrated all replied back in unison "No Sir. This is not too much for us."
I was shocked.
And then the guide yelled "Are you sure? Perhaps, this is too much for you!"
Like a chorus, the entire class replied "No Sir! This is not too much for us."
Still shocked on my end.
And as if he was enjoying taunting us, he yelled for the third time "Are you really, really sure? Perhaps, this is too much for you!"
For the third time, everyone yelled again, "No Sir! This is not too much for us!"
The guide then looked at us, smiled, and continued up the path in silence.
With renewed excitement and energy, our class continued up the mountain cheering each other on and eventually made it to the top, where everyone fell down in joy (happy to drop our "baggage") and hugged each other for a job well done.
What did I learn from that? On my own, I would have replied to that guide "Yes! This is too much for me." Before nko?
But, because we were a group of classmates made to endure this experience together, we found strength in each other (even though individually we were limited) and were able to overcome the obstacle as a team...which meant the challenge wasn't too much for "US".
This was a big lesson I was reminded of this year. Cheers to remembering it as we move into 2018 :)
How about you? What lessons stood out in your life in 2017?