Have you ever gone on a hike in the mountains?
The journey consists of alternate phases of almost vertical and horizontal movements
- upward climbs and plateau walks.
Upward climbs require effort, energy, and enthusiasm.
Plateau walks are a pause in the musical composition, a betwixt and between requiring less effort, energy, and enthusiasm.
It’s regrouping, recouping, refreshing –
- to ascend again.
Life’s greatest temptation?
To take up permanent residency on the plateau.
To become addicted to an old way of life.
To become fixated on a particular idea, attitude, behaviour.
To become imprisoned in an unhealthy relationship.
To become blindly loyal to a toxic group.
Life’s greatest obstacle?
Fear to start another ascent.
Fear of the unknown ascent ahead.
Fear of failure in the next ascent.
What is change?
Change is taking the bold step to leave the plateau and continue the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) challenging ascent of life; it’s moving on.
Moving on with others, preferably.
Moving on leaving some behind.
Moving on alone sometimes.
But, moving on we must.
It’s a choice for individuals, families, communities, organizations, and nations.
A difficult choice.
But a choice to change is a choice to arrive in the Promised Land – “Land of wood and water.”
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
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Beautifully written and so inspiring! Thanks Fr.