Gentleman's Philosophy

“Watching the Mountains Grow”

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! To start off, I want to start off with a sincere apology for not having up any articles in the last few weeks. I have been incredibly busy with work, applying for teaching credential programs, and trying to maintain a healthy relationship with my family and girlfriend, plus I’ve also had a hard time trying to find any inspiration to write for the blog. Lo and behold, that inspiration has come back and I should be back to my weekly posting schedule. Now to the point of today’s article, “I’m just watching the mountains grow” is something that my grandpa would say whenever he would sit out in the backyard at his vacation house and just gaze at the Eastern Sierra Mountains in all their majesty. It’s a phrase that has puzzled my family for years, but thanks to some inspiration from my sister and my grandmother, I now understand the meaning of what that phrase says. Today, I hope to share that meaning and wisdom with you. So before this article turns into a full-length novel, let’s get started!

I get into more detail about it in this past article I wrote about my grandfather, but to sum up, he was always an incredibly busy man, even well into his retirement. He always had a project to work on, an excursion to embark on, or a machine to tinker with. He obviously saw an immense amount of value in hard work and loving what you do. As a result of this, he never wasted any opportunity to be active and productive. This is clearly an admirable quality for any gentleman to have in the first place. Being active and productive is one of the main ways we as humans burn off energy, bring value to this world, and provide support for those around us. Of course, Grandpa understood this and took every opportunity to be active and productive, whether it was to provide for his family, satisfy the needs of his customers, teach others about his passions, or even just to fill his time. The value of productivity was integral to Grandpa’s career and livelihood, but there is an opposite side to this coin that he also took to heart.

As much as Grandpa valued productivity, he also saw a lot of value in rest. Of course, being productive and active is important for any and every gentleman, but as much as Grandpa understood that, he also understood the importance of rest and relaxation. Hard work and productivity is obviously important, but constantly working yourself to the bone day and night without rest can lead to a host of problems all on its own. Being able to rest and relax gives people a chance to recharge and have enough energy to be productive for the next day of work. This is something else that Grandpa understood, and he saw almost as much value in rest as he did in work. That’s why he would sit out in the backyard and “watch the mountains grow.” It was his way of relaxing. More often than not, the way he relaxed would be to just admire the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. It might not sound like much, but I think that’s the point. It was his way of appreciating the little things in life, whether it was the love of his family, a roof over his head, or the fact that we live in a beautiful world. Sometimes, I think we can all take a cue from Grandpa. Taking a few minutes to relax and appreciate the simple things in life can be exactly what we need to wind down after a long or stressful day. I think we can all afford to sit back and “watch the mountains grow.”

So there we have it! Yet another lesson that any young gentleman can learn from my grandfather. He certainly had a lot to teach the people of this world, and even still has a lot to teach after his death. He has certainly inspired me, and I hope he can continue to inspire any of you young gents reading. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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