Sick and tired of his 9-5, a man in a suit decided his search for love and happiness would go beyond dollars and cents.  It just made more sense.  He got up from his cubicle, took a picture off his desk of a mountain, and headed for the airport.  He grabbed the first flight out to this mountain.  He got off the flight, still in his suit, greeted by a wise elder.

Eternal love was on top of a mountain he was told.  Eternal love that would mean eternal happiness.  Nothing else matters he thought, because with eternal love, he would be able to achieve anything else he set his mind to.  Upon the decision to climb this enormous and treacherous mountain, countless people begged him to reconsider.  Friends, family, and co-workers. Defiant in his will for happiness, he went against the wishes of many, and followed above all, his heart.  He learned very early how difficult this climb would be.  He trekked for days, weeks, and months. Battling everything from elements of weather, to his own demons.  He persevered on, and conquered that mountain.  He planted a red flag atop of it and declared victory.  Yet as he sat atop the mountain, he was alone.  Where was this love that people spoke of? He searched night and day to try and find this eternal love that he was promised if he reached the top.  Where was it?

Weeks had gone by, and the man fragile now, stood by the edge of the mountain.  He looked down at the view from such a height.  He knew that he could not live much longer without food, shelter or warmth.  But they promised me happiness he kept thinking to himself.  And with that, the man stood tall, closed his eyes, and decided that he would jump.  Maybe this was the happiness and love they promised. It was in the heavens, and that he had to jump to attain it.  That love and happiness was not part of this world, but another.  Just as he was about to jump, he heard something and his eyes opened.  It was faint, so he listened closer.  And through the echoes of the mountain, the words became clear. The words were ‘don’t jump’.  With all his might he yelled ‘why not?!’  He listened closely again, and there was a reply, and he could tell it was a woman’s voice.  The words were ‘I want eternal love, I want to be happy! I want to climb up!’  The man, still in his suit and tie, paused for a moment, and thought to himself.  He yelled back ‘You want me, come get me!’.  He waited and waited until finally he heard back from her. ‘Wait for me?!’ she asked. He pondered the question, and the possibility that she may never make it up, she may never try.  His heart saddened at the idea that they both may never achieve this lifelong love and happiness. His head sank, and then lifted up again. Now the man truly understood the test of The Mountain…