Go climb that mountain
Regardless of what spiritual path you follow, the basic goal is the same. Our paths elevate our thoughts, speech and actions to be more beneficial to ourselves and those around us. So consider your journey of faith, as climbing a mountain. To make it easier, give that mountain a name, I will use Everest for mine.
Climbing Mount Everest requires preparation, as those Sherpas who will help us get to our goal expect us to put to be ready for the journey. The same is found in the best teachers, they expect us to make a determined effort to learn the lessons we need in life. Just as climbing a mountain requires us to acquire and organize our supplies, so does our path of faith require us to get equipped. For a Christian, learning the Ten Commandments, followed by the lessons Jesus taught are essential, as basic preparation. For a Buddhist, learning the Sutras, and meditation are part of what equips us for the journey. On our journey our teachers act as our sherpa guides, helping to carry the load, and helping us to keep our feet safely planted on the path. However just like climbing Everest with the Sherpas, we need to pay attention to where we step, for it is easy to stray from the safety of the path. They also give us our safety lines, which help us to avoid, falling all the way back to the base camp.
So with it being 2013, are you working on gaining some elevation in living the live you want, or are you going to allow the first pebble to send you back to the base of the path?