George Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. Mallory and his climbing partner both disappeared somewhere high on the North-East ridge during their attempt to make the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain.
Before his disappearance, when Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he famously answered, “Because it is there.”
On another occasion, Mallory explained… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life.
However, his son John had a very different perspective. He was proud of his father, but he was also sad. John wrote, “I would so much rather have known my father than to have grown up in the shadow of a legend, a hero, as some people perceive him to be.”
Now that is a good challenge for each of us! Dads today…don’t be a shadow or just a legend. Be a Father!
Think about it…and have a blessed Day!