July 27


Today's quotation:

The journey through life has many valleys that we can't just skip over, and also many mountains to climb that we can't just jump over.  It is also true that we need the space and the freedom to make our own mistakes.  Trial and error seem to be the only way we can learn and grow.  Life is first and foremost a process.  And this process is a zig-zag process at that.

John Powell

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes I wish that things would be much simpler, that there wouldn't be so many zigs in the road when I could really use a zag.  Sometimes I look at the mountain in my path and I know that it's going to challenge me pretty dearly, and I think that I would much rather have a straight, flat path ahead of me so that I wouldn't have to do any more heavy work.  Life can become overwhelming at times, and the more trials that we have to face, the more difficult it can be to see the good and the positive and the beautiful.  After all, we can't see a whole lot when our noses are to the grindstone, can we?

I do know, though, that these are the parts of my life that help me to develop my character and to grow as a human being.  Working my way through the valleys and over the mountains helps me to develop a sense of perspective that can be helpful to other people who also are going through trials.  If it weren't for the trials in our lives, we would most probably stagnate and never come close to reaching our full potential.  After all, life tends to know what we need much more than we do ourselves.

If I had the choice, I wouldn't give up the mountains and hills and valleys.  Sometimes I might wish that they would come a few days or weeks or even months later, but when all is said and done I know that I need them.  And I have no idea who will need me in the future, and what kinds of obstacles or trials those people will have needed me to go through in order to get to a point at which I can be truly helpful to them.

Questions to consider:

Why do you think life puts so many mountains and valleys in our way?

How do you feel after you've successfully made your way through a valley or over a mountain?

Can you help someone else over a mountain if you haven't gone over one yourself?

For further thought:

Life is pretty simple.  You do some stuff.  Most fails.  Some works.  You do more of what works.

Tom Peters

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