Shangri-La exists within all of us.
Guest Post by Brian Gardner
Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world.
I first came upon the term “Shangri-La” in the film Higher, where professional snowboarder and filmmaker Jeremy Jones climbed and rode an unclimbed, unnamed peak in Nepal. When asked why he decided to do this, here’s what he said:
“Well, I saw a picture of it. It started with my main cameraman sending me a photo of it, and it was pretty much the most beautiful mountain I had ever seen.”
I think some version of Shangri-La exists within all of us and we place unequivocal importance on getting there. Whether it be the mountains, an uninhabited lake or the shores of an ocean, we long for a place to bring us the type of peace we seldom find.
In the search to discover this utopia, we must remember something that often eludes us:
The journey is the reward.
I encourage you to go and seek your Shangri-La. Whatever road this takes you down or however this looks in your life, keep this in mind — Live intentionally. Live authentically.
How will you live your life, what is your Shangri-La? Leave a comment and let us know.
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