Monday, March 20, 2006

Ladder Safety

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
Thomas Huxley

Ladders are portable stairs used to climb to greater heights. When we positively change our position mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually there are certain steps each demands to obtain a higher level. Before I read this quote a ladder had never came to mind as a way of describing how I got from where I was to where I stand now, but it is a perfect fit.
We each possess a ladder of sorts, climbing is every humans possibility, although it is not a certainty. Just as a ladder leaning in the shed will not bring itself out and set itself up underneath our feet the portable stairs we possess will not unfold itself and demand that we climb. Wanting to rise above where you are is the only incentive that will make this assistance available.
We should celebrate the times spent upon the ladder instead of dreading or avoiding it altogether. Rising to a new position takes effort, but only one step at a time. Lingering over-long upon any stair only makes the climb that much harder. Climb with the joy of having a ladder that will take you somewhere worth getting to and of possessing the courage to set yourself upon the first step and begin the assent.