I was an avid reader as a child and have remained an avid reader as an adult. My lifestyle and life vision require it. I often consider the threaded messages in children’s literature and how these messages apply to us, as adults, and the factors that drive our “adulting” decisions.
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain is a children’s story about a married, Asian couple who live at the foot of an enormous mountain. The book details how much they loved their home, but did not favor the mountain. It describes the threatening obstacles they encounter and the effect the mountain had on the condition of their home. The roof could not withstand the tumultuous environment and its shadowy overcast prevented the sun from gifting their home with warmth and essentially, growth.
Ming Lo’s wife charged him with moving the mountain because she was convinced the mountain was the reason for their lack of posterity. Ming Lo thought himself a small man who could not handle the task and therefore sought the wisdom of a wise village man for support.
The wise man provided Ming Lo with layers of meaningless advice about how to move the mountain. Cut down the smallest, thickest tree you can find. Push the tree against the side of the mountain with all your strength. The mountain did not budge. Take pots and pans from your kitchen. Hit the pots and pans as hard as you can. Raise your voice in loud shouts and cries. The mountain will be frightened by the noise. The mountain was fearless and again, did not move.
Ming Lo returns to his wife without resolve and she charges him to revisit the wise man because she believed there was a solution to their problem. After one more nugget of senseless advice, the wise man tells Ming Lo to do one more task: Take your house apart. Collect all of the things that are your possessions. Face the mountain and close your eyes. Step to the dance of the moving mountain, one foot behind the other. Ming Lo brings this news back to his wife and they did exactly what the wise man recommended, drawing the mountain further away. Upon the sight of the mountain in the distance, they rebuilt their home and believed they made the mountain move.
Many of us are like Ming Lo and his wife. We have made choices that affect the very nature of who we are and what we believe about ourselves.
1. Ming Lo thought himself small and therefore positioned himself in a small, limiting place. Restricting mindsets will drive the quality of perceptions and determine the quality of what we produce. Engage yourself enough to actualize what you are uniquely selected to perform and live beyond the boundaries you’ve set and have allowed others to set for you. Reframe the DNA of you that gravitates to comfort and invite it to be a magnet for greatness.
2. It took Ming Lo’s wife to charge him to seek out support that jolted a change in him. We must remain mindful of the connections we make as all connections bear fruit. Some bear toxic fruit and others bear fruit that can sustain and feed your future. Choose connections that will grow you up and not keep you bound to older versions of you so your fruit looks like where you are headed and not the summary of where you’ve been.
3. Ming Lo was persistent regardless of how outrageous the wise man’s advice was. Everything that is advised to us should be reconsidered in meditation and prayer. All advice is not meant to be sponged. It should be filtered first and properly applied as every now decision bears a future result. However, outrageousness is required in order to experience infectious results needed to invoke real change.
4. Ming Lo and his wife eventually moved. Most often we determine the condition of our situation, relationship(s), and mindset as external stimuli, when in reality the stimulus is us. Some of us are being tossed to what feels like packs of wolves, in various aspects of our lives, and it isn’t because the situation is not working, it is because we are the ones in malfunction mode. Until you commit to what you are purposed to accomplish, your journey will always feel like bare feet on pebbled roads.
You get to choose to be mediocre or magnetic. The options are there for us to be challenged, not for us to settle for the road often traveled. The mountains move only because we choose to dismantle the ideas we believe about ourselves and decide not to take residence in the city of complacency.
You were a thought that became a reality and with you comes a series of gifts and dreams that deliver healing, love, passion, strength, direction, creativity, courage, and joy to others. Live with the idea that you get to choose outrageous, seeming impossibilities because you are also choosing to own them. The ownership will bring life and light to the darkest of spaces and bring fruit to your own field all because you finally made a choice.