Monday, February 26, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1475 The Seventh Mountain (continued) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 27, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1475 The Seventh Mountain (continued)  by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 27, 2018     

           For those who read yesterday's version, the beginning is the same, but there is a spot that indicates where I continued- the typeface changes to this.
                                       The Seventh Mountain

                                                  A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                   © 2018 all rights reserved 
           (The actor stands, then jumps on the table as the others are amazed)

Can you see it?  Is it beautiful?  Oh, yes!  The mountains!  The sun!  Okay, maybe we almost died a few times getting up here, but, for this moment, it is worth it!

          (He spreads his arms wide, then jumps off the table)

Do you know what that's from - okay, maybe I paraphrased, but it's from one of the greatest scenes in a movie - a movie based on a true story.......about a bunch of people in a plane crash in the Andes  Mountains.....and to survive they had to eat the dead passengers.....a cheery movie!

         (The others laugh)

But my favorite part is what the actor playing the lead, Sean Penn, no, it was Ethan Hawke....and he said to his buddy when they are looking over the horrifying but beautiful vista that is all snowy mountain....when they realize they have at least 50 miles to go over these mountains........Ethan Hawke points out that.........'the 7th mountain has no snow'

(Sighs)  I remember thinking, wow, I got it.  As long as you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, have a chance.....

So, whenever I have the feeling that everything is hopeless, I go to the tallest place I can.....into the hills, or if I have to......up on the table!

As long as I have a chance to seethat, no matter how bad the day looks, what appointments with doctors are going to bring, what bills have to be paid with money I don't have....what accidents have to be cleaned up!.....that the 7th mountain has no snow......that.....there is hope!.......and that someday.....there is going to be a change for the long as I keep going......

I hold onto the midst of all the crap......and I highly advice you try it....because....even if you can't get up on the can always stand on your see that 7th mountain....

           (Lights down, then up on the writer)

And here's the funny part....I have used this 'seventh mountain' to get me out of a lot of tough spots.....and have told a lot of people about it...even wrote this monologue!

But then I went to watch that part of the movie again - to get the full value.

And the actor I used to think was the star - Sean Penn - turned out it was not him.  It was Ethan Hawke.  And the most amazing part was the line....the 7th mountain has no snow, turns out......that was not the line!  I could have sworn it was!  I told many people it was!  And my line was a better line than theirs!  But learning gave me a chance to doubt my memory even more......

What do we remember?  What do we forget?

What do we want to hear?  what do we want to.....let go?

We choose, we re-write, we think we know, but we don't.  Sure.  We sure think we are sure.

But we can never be.

Such is the gift of the Tree of Knowledge.

Before the apple, we did not worry about truth.....

And now, we can never know.

So the 7th Mountain is an illusion....or is it?  I find it to be very real when I need hope.....

       (The author exits....for now)

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