Adversity | Desire | Endurance | Miracles | Opportunity | Perseverance

A parable from the world of mountain climbing concerns one of the world’s greatest — Reinhold Messner from Northern Italy. In our world there are 14 peaks above 26,000 feet. When you climb these world class peaks, the air is so thin that you can’t get enough oxygen and you die. Only one man has climbed all 14 peaks — Reinhold Messner — and he does it without any oxygen equipment. In fact, he climbs without the standard equipment that all alpine explorers use and he doesn’t use a guide. Last October he conquered the 14th peak, called Makalu, at 27,756 feet. It took three attempts and he said it was not easy. In fact, he said, you walk 25 steps, stop and breathe deeply ten or twenty times, then you take a few more steps. But he did it. Experts wondered how, and so doctors have examined him only to find that he is not some kind of…

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