“I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” John Greenleaf Whittier
Truth cannot be brought down; rather, the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop, you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices. Jiddu Krishnamurti
ASCEND: It is that time of year where groups of birds forage for last minute seeds then, gathering their collective strength in numbers, they ascend into the sky on their way to warmer climes. They soar into the heavens and we, at least those of us who pay attention to such things, marvel at the brilliance that intuitively tells them the brutal cold of winter is fast approaching and they must leave to stay alive. Some birds stick around; the Cardinals, Blue Jays and winter loving birds and they depend on the generosity of humans who feed them. I feed them and have gotten to capture their presence on my porch but that is not what this exercise is about. It is about ascending. The birds in the shots above are seagulls and they tend to stick it out around our local Sam’s Club… until quite late in the season.
“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” William Shakespeare
One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. Rudolf Steiner
The ability to fly high into the sky has always fascinated me. It is one thing birds have over us and, as Icarus learned in an ancient tale, trying to mimic a bird can only lead to disastrous outcomes. So we sit back and admire their intelligent ways of working with the changing seasons and doing what it takes to survive… they’ve got that notion of prescience/intuition down. Wouldn’t you agree?
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: – ASCEND – This week, Show us your interpretation of upward movement.
Positive Motivation Tip: What ascends returns even stronger…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.