I remember climbing with John many years ago in the Stuart Range. I
was hot and tired and in the distance was a shiny, blank, large, pink wall. It
looked impenetrable so I turned to John and said, "Why bother to walk all
the way to the base when clearly we wouldn't be able to climb it?" John
looked at me and said "Can you do the next step?" Then after I
agreed the next step was no problem, he said, "Keep going until you can't
do the next step." We kept going and soon we were on the summit.
This is one of life's great metaphors. Often we
see in the distance an obstacle we think we can't overcome, so we think why
bother and we give up. If we keep going until we can't do the next step
we accomplish a lot more in life and find that many perceived
obstacles in the distance aren't insurmountable.
Happy Birthday John,
Copyright 2004, John W. Roper.
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