We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Stillness is what creates love. Movement is what creates life. To be still and still moving – this is everything
- Do Hyun Choe
Climb if you will, but remember that courage and
strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary
negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.
Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from
the beginning think what may be the end
- Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps
Life is crying out for our presence. As Alan Watts so eloquently puts it: ‘For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones – for it is the secret of proper training. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.’
I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be
- Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul
As Carl Sagan said: ‘We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.’
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
- Buddha (attrib.)
Jeff Lowe, a legendary mountain climber, has said, ‘Climbing can be like a meditation, where everything else falls away and you’re so focused for a long period of time that when you come out of that, you usually have a better perspective.’