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Well, it’s been a while since I sat down to the keyboard for a Disney related bit of writing. One could say I had lost my mojo. Living in upstate NY and being a business owner there, has really taken a toll on me this year. I feel that upstate NY is slowly turning into Detroit, Michigan sans the car factories. Every school function has been littered with talks of divorces, job losses, and fear. Every advance toward my dream for my family is taken away by tax increases, insurance increases, and lack of business.

With that said, this has been a year of evaluation for me. I have had plenty of time to think about what means the most to me. I have had plenty of time to reflect on my past. I have witnessed the destruction of families and friendships all with one common denominator – MONEY.  From all this, I have come to the conclusion that many times people live their lives like they are climbing a mountain. The mountain I speak of refers to the uphill battle for material things.

What am I talking about you ask? Well relax, I’ll tell ya. You see, many people I know go through a life of acquisition with no regard to those around them, myself included. They feel the need to acquire things. And when those things get boring, it’s off to find bigger and better things. They want the biggest house, the best cars, supersized plasma screen televisions, boats, etc. You get the picture. The rat race of acquisition is often times their main focus. All of these things bring joy, I cannot lie, but they just don’t add value to a person’s life.

If you really want to know what’s important in life, ask a senior citizen. Ask someone who has lost their home. Ask someone who has lost a loved one. Ask a parent who has buried their child. I don’t mean to be so glum, but I am trying to make a point; that point being, why climb the mountain at all. Why do all the acquiring of “things” just to have to sell it off at a loss, or give it away because you can’t afford to keep it on your way down the mountain? Every one of those people I mention above would say the same thing…. I wish I shared more, cared more, and loved more, with the people that meant the most to me.

 I say, the secret is to walk around that mountain holding the hands of the ones you love. Skip all of the material acquisitions and just collect the love and joy of your dearest friends and family. Give of yourself to them. Be available to your spouse and children when they need you. Build friendships that last more than a lifetime. Focus on those that matter most to you, and leave the rest to climb the mountain alone. You’ll find that you will become part of a new crowd – a crowd that loves to gather and celebrate family, fun, and the joys life has to offer. What better place to join this crowd then at Disney World, “The happiest place on earth”.

This year I need the “Magic of Disney” more than ever. I will breath in every scent, I will admire every color, and I will hear every note. I will walk not in front of my children, but just behind. I will let them lead the way. I will give them memories of love, togetherness, and family. I will fill their vacation with smiles, hugs, and laughter they will never forget. When my wife and I are at Disney World this Christmas, we will be giving our children the best gift we could ever give them without any expense at all…ourselves.

See ya real soon’

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2 Responses to “The Mountain.”

  1. Alicia says:

    Wow that is a very touching realization… sometimes when are so occupied without work we neglect our children and we missed to check them up before they go to sleep the next morning they are gone again to school. Us being so occupied makes them feel unloved and the best thing we can do is to make up to them and make them feel that we are always here no matter what.

  2. alicialegg says:

    This is a great post Jerry. As a displaced worker myself living in upstate New York, I related to so much of it. While it saddens me that you are struggling, it must be a comfort that you are in good company. I feel better knowing I am not alone.

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