If You Shield the Mountain from the Wind

I listen to many podcasts, read self-help books as often as I can, and view many informational youtube channels. My mind is always soaking up many valuable life skills and knowledge to live by. My cup overflows with such content. And that is how I like it.

Some of my favorite people to listen too, living and deceased are Jim Rohn, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Abraham Hicks, Brene Brown, Ed Mylett, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, to name just a few.

What I’ve come to realize over the last few years from all of these individuals, is that no matter the height of fame they bestow today, they all have a story. A unique story of their own. A story that each and every one of them, dared to share as they found their true calling in the world we live in.

“Nothing or no one is perfect. We are all imperfect but it’s the imperfections that what makes us perfect.”

Some came from homes where they were abused and broken. Others were loved, yet parents were abusers of alcohol, and in turn, the dynamics in the home became very different. Another lived in many foster homes, as his dad left forever and his mother couldn’t look after him and his brother. So many different backgrounds, for so many different people.

Yet, through the brokenness, the loneliness, the confusion of growing up, each and every one of those people I mentioned above along with you and I, have a story. And our story matters.

“Life is like a road. There are many twists, turns and straightaways as well as hills, valleys and sometimes mountains along the way. Be sure to enjoy the journey.”

Something else I have observed, is that our beginnings, is what molds us into the person we have become today. And it is a good thing. It was Wayne Dyer who spoke of living in several foster homes in his young life. He never got to meet his father, but only heard of the kind of man he was. And when Wayne became a man himself, he held so much anger for the father he did not know, and the abandonment he experienced.

Wayne chose to go to his father’s grave for one thing and one thing only. And that was to pee on it. And he did. When he was finished, he turned to walk away. One step, two step, three step, and then he stopped, turned and went back to the headstone. Wayne experienced an overwhelming sensation of tears and love swirl within him as he verbally forgave his father. Life changed for Wayne Dyer that day. His writing began to flow. His books began to sell.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K.Rowling

Wayne’s life may not have had the best solid foundation, but it was the best foundation for him. Wayne chose to love that day. And through his love, his life changed in ways he couldn’t have even imaged. And even though he’s crossed over the earthly plain, Wayne continues to change lives with his literature and taped speaking engagements thats available to anyone.

“Choose, everyday to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love.” Alison Malee

So embrace the life that you have lived thus far, as it has formed you into the beautiful soul you are today.

From Home on the Ranch


“If you shield the mountain from the wind storms, you’ll never see the beauty of the carvings. And the beauty of the carvings comes from being able to be in a state of gratitude for the storms that show up in our life.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

13 thoughts on “If You Shield the Mountain from the Wind

  1. Very well written. You are listening to some very good people. Reading this is a good way to start one’s day

    Keep it going.

  2. Sue, this is so well written. It is helping me deal with a very difficult family situation, which I never dreamed could ever happened.
    Thanks for your insight!

    • Oh John, thank you. I write because it is therapeutic in my journey of life. And secondly, I write and tap send, trusting that others life’s are touched as well. Whatever difficult situation you are dealing with, just know that you will get through it somehow, some way. I am so glad to hear that my writing has effected your life in a positive way. Hugs to you. Be well.

  3. I Sue :

    Great messages. You are a very special person. During the chuckwagon season you were always doing God’s work! You& your husband Rick always were a welcoming harbour at your shed row to everyone regardless of race creed or colour or background!

    Keep sending me your stuff !Say hi to Rick for me. I hope all is well with him!

    I am sending you a special photo I took today! From my I phone not a professional one like you take I often think of you guys !

    God Bless :

    GARY BELECKI (retired chaplain)

  4. I’ve learned everyone has a story. We just have to stop and listen and ask to hear it. I so often learn new things about a person I have know for years at their memorial services and which I had heard while they could tell it to me themselves.

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