The Climb

A few weeks ago in Krabi, Thailand we climbed 1,200 steps to a mountaintop Buddhist temple. It’s a strenuous climb in the unrelenting heat and the hand-carved steps are steep and set far apart. ¬†Monkeys swing from the trees, gazing curiously at weary pilgrims. On the way up I passed a group of women making this pilgrimage for the first time. ¬†They were struggling and taking frequent rest breaks. One said anxiously, “I don’t know if I can make it. My heart is strong but my body is weak.” I saw her later at the top of the mountain, beaming […]