If I were to ask you what the world’s tallest mountain is, you’d likely respond Mount Everest.  Or for those of us who always think the obvious answer is never right, you might say K2.  Crazily enough, you’d both be wrong.  Technically, the world’s tallest mountain is Mauna Kea.  From base to peak, Mount Everest towers at 29,029 feet.  However, Mauna Kea (remember the mountain you’ve never heard of) stands 33,481 feet from base to peak!

“How can that be!” you declare.  “I mean, I was in NHS in high school. I thought I was pretty smart. What is this trickery?”

Well, the reason you’ve never heard of Mauna Kea: 60% of it is underwater.  That’s right, you can only see the top 40% or 13,802 feet.  Almost 20,000 feet of this mountain is out of sight, below the waterline.

Mauna Kea is an inactive volcano on the island of Hawaii.  It wasn’t until 1962 that an access road was built, and the site has now become one of the world’s best locations for astronomical observation.  Interestingly enough, Mauna Kea is one of five volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii.  And while it is the highest mountain on the island, it only ranks #59 in terms of tallest mountains in North America.  That’s because there’s a debate on if the base that starts below the waterline should count in its measurement.  Because Mauna Kea’s base starts at the floor of the ocean, you can only see a fraction of the giant it truly is…the tallest mountain in the world.

What about you?  What lies below the surface in the belly of your meaning and purpose?  What is the waterline covering up that swells within your soul?  What giant puzzle are you able to solve, what threat are you able to overcome, what conflict could you bring peace to?  Is there untapped potential in the fiber of your being?  Is there more to you than meets the eye?  Is there something that you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Why aren’t you trying it? Why aren’t you doing it?  Why aren’t you overcoming it?  Why aren’t you taking action?

Fear?

Time?

Resources?

May it never be!  May you dig deep, below the surface of comfort and apathy.  May you reach into your capability and capacity to conquer and solve.  May you, with gratitude, see what’s below the surface in your heart and soul, and create a future that’s bigger than your past.

May you be measured not just by what others can see or believe about you.  May you be measured from within.  May you be measured by your positive impact, your kindness, your generosity.

You are priceless.  You are needed.  You matter.  With you, humanity survives, even thrives.  Without you, a missing piece…an unmet need.

Who you are often rests below the surface.  Often, it’s easier to let those good things stay under the fray.  Making an impact, a contribution, takes time and resources, it takes us getting out of our comfort zones and leaving the nest.  But…it’s worth it.

May you seek to reveal the goodness within, expose it above the waterline, and let your life shine.

And may you bless humanity today.