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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #682 - Moving Forward #MovingForward

03 Aug, 2015

"What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us--what convictions, what courage, what faith ..."

Adlai Stevenson


"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher."

Thomas Henry Huxley



I love the construction of the ladder,
the rungs created to hold your weight
just enough--
just long enough--
to give you the strength
to move forward,
continue on--
not too comfortable,
so you won't be tempted to stay.

That's how I've always felt about life's plateaus,
that they're there not to live--
not to rest year after year--
but to give you the strength
for the next hill,
and I thought people who just settled on the plateaus,
sank into patterns,
into comfort and ease,
were missing the whole point.

I guess what I'm learning is
some people need many years
to garner the strength
for the next hill,
and some need to be forced by circumstance
to find the courage
to gather their resources and continue the climb.

It is not black and white (is it ever?),
some clear line between hill-climbers and plateau-dwellers,
those who used the hills just to get to the next plateau,
and those, like me (I thought), who used the plateaus
to enjoy the locale and the view, yes, but really
just to replenish and re-stock
for the next hill.

But it's all a matter of degree.
We all climb hills.
We all need those plateaus, sometimes for longer
than expected.

Something else I'm learning:

Moving forward
doesn't always come from strength
nor even always from courage.
Sometimes it just comes from necessity.

And still it is moving forward.


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