Through Grandma’s Eyes: The Climb

“I once tried standing on my toes

to see far out in the distance,

but I found that I could see much farther

by climbing to a high place.”

-Xun Zi-

journal entry:

It was the highest climbing wall I had ever seen.  Smack dab in the middle of the Phoenix Zoo.  How a young girl, without any experience could look at that wall and know she wanted to climb it is more than I can understand.  But she did.  She harnessed up.  She never did look back . . . or around.  She looked at her path and at her goal.  And, achieved it.  At this point, she was about sixty feet in the air and climbing.  She didn’t wince.  She didn’t make any noise at all.  It was simply slow and steady.  When she reached the top she looked out . . . then around and then down to us.  Little ants far below.  She said that climbing down was scarier than climbing up.  She didn’t look scared to me.  How nice to know when you start out on a journey that you fully intend to get to your destination.  It didn’t cross her mind to give up.  Ahhhh.  The wonder of a telephoto lens.

“A well ordered life is like climbing a tower;

the view half-way up

is better than the view from the base,

and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.”

-William Phelps-

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