Making ‘Summit’ out of Life . . .

Please pardon the pun. I long ago discovered that all I needed out of life are the three ‘P’s – Presence, Purpose, and Peace. Fulfilling these is by making the successful climb to the apex of my existence. They’re easy to remember but harder to achieve.

The reference to Presence is the deep question about who I really am. Why am I ‘me”? Why am I so lucky I’m not someone less fortunate? Yet, am I my role, my image, the accumulation of my life experiences? I know I’m more than this – I’m an iceberg with massive hidden depths.

Purpose is easier to reconcile. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life. How do I leave a legacy? Does my life have both meaning and pleasure? If so, I’m aware of my purpose.

Peace is the ultimate prize that I seek. It’s elusive for it depends on the realization of the first two, Presence and Purpose. I invest most of my efforts seeking it out, yet I see it only in the present moment and in retrospect. I cannot pursue it.

We don’t see the world the way it is, we see it the way we are. I need to follow the Way, the pathways that will take me forward to greater self-awareness. I can achieve this through gaining Insights, and by being Inspired to take fresh action that completes my life’s journey to fulfilment. My perspective is key.

I realize that I travel only within the sanctity of my own mind, so I must expose myself to new perspectives, to different options, lest I become stale, and habit bound. Comfort is my greatest challenge, for while it’s pleasant and secure, it slows my progress. I must seek the changes I need at the interfaces I have with other minds.

So, Collaboration is my best strategy, for in the diversity of experiences around me, there are better, broader options for my review and possible Integration. My expectations need to be managed for certain, but beyond this, I choose to be open, generous, and empathic, for this gives me access to the motherlode of a fuller life.

Greater self-awareness pushes me away from the false comfort of the rock face, releases me from ready but misleading answers and shows me the solution – the route to the summit, to a fuller appreciation of my presence, my purpose and above all, to peace within myself.

There’s a route map in my book, Nine Paths to Wisdom, take a look!  Surely, it will help you!

Let’s climb together.


  • David E.C. Huggins

    David Huggins has fully enjoyed a lifetime of experience as a military officer and as a behavioural scientist, supporting businesses and similar enterprises, at both organizational and individual levels, through leadership coaching. A contemplative Christian, he is devoted to contributing love, value, comfort, and continuity to this diverse world. He resides in Campbellville, Ontario, with his lovely and talented artist wife, Judy.