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Roots, Roads and Wings

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

“Details are nothing: facts are nothing: the important things are the dependences, the transmissions of influence, the connecting links, the exchanges, which constitute the life of nature. Now, behind all these dependences, is the primal dependence; at the spot to which all connections converge is the supreme Bond; at the highest point of all transmissions, the Spring; beneath the exchanges the Gift; beneath the systole and diastole of the world, the Heart, the boundless Heart of Being. Must not the mind refer back to it unceasingly, and never for a minute lose touch with what is thus the All of all things, and consequently of all knowledge?”― Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

Roots, what we anchor in, define how we grow, if we grow. Strong roots hold us through the storms, conduits of water and nutrients for the flower to bud and burst open. Good roots hold us, but don’t hold us back. Rules, limiting beliefs, shoulds, judgment, comparison, opinions, counting, assumptions, offense are the weeds that bind the stems and weaken the roots.

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” – Victor Hugo

Anchor in possibility, effort, focus, practice, optimism, hope and light to create the road ahead.  Glance back but for a moment to see how far you’ve come, grateful for what has been and confident in what will come through trust and faith. Fix your eyes in the present and the next best step forward. The road often is crooked and makes no sense until the steps are taken, one at a time.

Runway. Acceleration. Ascend. Take flight. Roots, roads and wings.

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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