Our commitment to reaching a destination is tested when we encounter detours and closures. If we are prepared to alter course we are far more agile than when the route outweighs the destination. Too often we forget to survey the landscape from the summit to find alternate routes.
“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”