“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.” … Horace
What a great reminder! I think that I instinctively knew this as I traipsed down the road of life … I was always the one with the positive attitude and the deep-down, gut feeling that Life would provide and that everything would work out … but it is interesting to hear someone from the B.C. era of Rome espouse the same viewpoint. As the French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-90) said: “The more things change the more they stay the same”.
Perky Polly, Sunshine Sue and I are all pretty much in agreement with Horace … in fact I would have to say that we would probably go one step further. Our thinking is that: “When life’s path is steep” you have to keep your mind focused upward. There’s no point in looking back down the trail … that will only give you vertigo and doubts. You have to focus on the peak … ‘cause that’s where you’re heading. From that vantage point you can see forever … and forever holds all kinds of possibilities and new paths to walk.
I’ve learned that whether it’s steep parts … or rocky roads … sunless valleys … or knife-edge cliffs … that if I truly want to get to “the other side” … and still be relatively intact and positive when I get there … I had better have … as a staple of my trekking gear … a mind and heart that is connected to Life. When all I see is the short view … and that is looking grim … the gerbil-wheel chatter of my mind is calmed by the long view that Life holds.
These days I’m pretty much committed to traveling my road with an upward gaze. I know that there are some who think that, that means I’m going to be tripping over a lot of stuff … but not so! So far Life seems to be sending out the Celestial street-sweepers to keep the path relatively unobstructed. Now how cool is that!??! I’m doing my best to keep moving forward and to be really clear about where I’d like to head … whilst simultaneously being open to Life’s choice of preferred destination. There may be steep roads out there in my future but Perky Polly, Sunshine Sue and I aren’t worried … we know that if we keep looking up … we’ll find Life looking right back at us.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone!