Friday, September 26, 2008

The hill

Climbing the hill -- for exercise, for the view, for some fresh air, to get another perspective, to see the big picture. This hill looks pretty straight forward. But we don’t fully understand the path until we feel it under our feet. We don’t know what’s on the other side until we have gone up far enough to see a larger vision of the terrain we’ll have to cross.
Seems reflective, in some ways, of our situation right now.

It begins one step at a time. It can be done alone for a little while. But eventually, like serious hiking or rock climbing, it takes several of us working as a team to achieve what we set out to do, to keep each other’s back, to survive – to thrive.

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What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
— RenĂ© Daumal


Katie said...

This looks like a fun place to hike and gain perspective. I like your quote as well as your photo. I'm enjoying my view from afar; nice to let a lot of stuff go for a while and fill up instead on architecture, art, wine, pastries, friends and a soft light that doesn't seem like home. Nice to check in with you though!

Ms M said...

Hi Katie,
Thank you for checking in -- even while you're on vacation! I've been following your trip via your blog -- fun! Really glad you're enjoying your "view from afar" and "letting go" of all the usual stuff -- so you can take in the gems of life.