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Stay in the Climb

To chase down a dream!

Sorry I've been MIA but we just finished the movie, For Colored Girls, and I have to tell you, I have new respect for Ntozake Shange's 1975 writings. Listening to these words spoken through the voices of Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Macy Gray, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Loretta Devine, made me not only respect the brilliance of the material, but also pull out everything in me to do my best to give it the care and attention to detail that it deserved. Out of all that I've ever done in my life, nothing has taken more out of me than this film. It is remarkable.

Being so drained, I decided to take a few days off. Yesterday I was hiking a mountain in Hawaii with a friend. I was laboring up this beautiful green pastured mountain, looking down at my feet trying to be sure of my footing, while at the same time trying to catch my breath from the altitude. At times, I would make big steps, sometimes all I could do was take small ones. The terrain was uneven and rough at times. It took a lot of effort and a lot of thought so, needless to say, I was getting really tired and at times wanted to stop or just turn back.

I got to one peak and I thought "I'm here, great, we can rest now" only to realize that just because I was at the top of one peak, that didn't mean I had arrived. There were more...more valleys to go through and more heights to reach. It was interesting to me, that in order to go higher, we usually had to go down through a valley, and it went on and on and up and up. I was tired and wanted to sit down but my friend said, "Come on, let's go a little higher." So, not to be outdone by a girl (lol), I dug my hiking boots in and went a little higher. We finally got to one of the highest points and she said to me, "This is the best part, now turn around." I turned around and behind me was the most amazing view that I had seen in my 40 years on this earth. As far as my eyes could see, beauty reigned. The Hawaiian Islands seemed to be leaping up out of the silver blue sea, stretching up to catch the dust of the sky. The clouds seemed close enough to catch in my hand and make a wish; rays of sunlight danced through them trying to find a path to show off their own glow and power. Not even Picasso could have out-painted the canvas that was before me. The heavens were declaring the glory of God. I saw Him in motion.

I said to my friend, "When did we get this high?", and she said, "It was in the climb." I couldn't help but think about life - mine and maybe even yours. I thought about how hard it had been for me chasing down my dream. I thought about how hard it can be to believe sometimes. I thought about the entire struggle, all of the pain, all of the hope, all of the doubt. I thought about the times I was working a dead end job, trying to believe; moving through day-to-day with my head down just taking one step at a time, some small, some big ones, wanting to give up; wanting to stop and sit for a while; wanting to lay in my sorrow; nobody believing in me; nobody thinking it would come to pass and never realizing that every step was taking me closer to higher. That hike was painful, it hurt, but through it all I was getting higher and had no idea how high I was. That's what it's like to chase down a dream.

Sometimes in life dreams are hard to follow, like that climb. You don't know how high you're going or even if you're moving, but every step, even when you can't see what's behind you, will take you closer to your goals. It's in the climb. I know you may be struggling right now, but you're in the climb; things may be hard right now, but you're in the climb; people may not believe in you, but it's part of the climb. They may take shots at you, but stay in the climb; you may have to stand alone, but you're in the climb. Even if you're not where you want to be right now, I want to say to you what she said to me, "This is the best part, now turn around." Look how far you've come. God has not brought you this far to leave you. Stay in the climb.

So thankful for all of you. Be well. CLIMB!

Tyler Perry

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  • Stella Nairobi, Kenya

    WOW!! ‘nuff said

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  • Marlene Louis Gilles Lawrence, MA

    Dear Mr.Tyler Perry, I'm so sorry to hear the bad news about the studios was collars in Atlanta. I tried to called everyone or send e-mails so I can hear a better news. I just hope you and your family are well. I'm one of your fans in Boston who love you for effort among us, as good director with good charactors integrity determination dream with success by the grace of God, we love you very much take care yourself sir. Best Regards. Marlene

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  • Joy McClain Goodyear, AZ

    I just want you to know that this speech has made a powerful impact on my life! We often view mountains has bad things and we forget that at the top is where we find the Lord, if we continue to climb. We are all truly blessed by the words you shared. Be Well! Keep climbing! Blessings! Joy

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  • Julia N. Meshack San Diego, CA

    Hey, Tyler, Hope all is Well. Happy Belated Birthday. I read your comments about other people upset about you having Kim Kardasian in your new movie...... I was not upset......... You have the right to choose anyone to work with you in your new movies........ After All, you are the producer and director....and writer...You are footing the bill.... Not Me or Anyone else!!!! .I will go see the movie when it comes out here in San Diego, CA. You don't have to explain anything to anybody......Just stay positive.... Hope Kim will learn from her mistakes about rushing into marriage without committing herself 100% percent. I hope Kim gets better acting by your direction... .I saw her in the cameo performance in the tv show....CSI New York. She was allright. Everybody wants to be a Star!!!! Peace & Love Ms. Julia N. M

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