Mike Sigman wrote:
There's a saying about "all paths lead to the top of the mountain" that always grates on the nerves.
The only quote I've ever heard related to paths and mountains regarding martial arts is, "there are many paths to Mt. Fuji."
However, as I understand the saying to go, it applies to the goal of self-improvement in the arts, not, necessarily, martial prowess. In fact, as I've heard it, the saying only relates to self-improvement.
I agree with that in the sense that if you do the same thing, over and over again, regardless of what it is, as long as you "do" and focus, eventually it becomes meditative.
Whether or not you have the time to reach the top of the mountain in your lifetime is irrelevant...if you travelled forever with the intent of arriving there, then that path does eventually lead to the top--atleast if you believe it does.