“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
This is not done by jostling in the street.” — William Blake
I like these lines from Blake, because they remind me that obstacles need not be setbacks. In a few well-chosen and memorable words, he acknowledges the stamina life requires of us, the potential for tremendous achievement, and the tendency for trivial distractions to become more formidable challenges than the mighty mountains themselves.
If you are facing a steep uphill climb in any aspect of your life, I hope these words of Blake will stick with you and inspire you. Great things are accomplished when men and women focus on worthwhile goals, no matter how daunting, rather than allowing life to be consumed by minor details and annoyances that won’t matter much in the end. Admittedly, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the urgent and the important, but it’s a skill worth developing.
What mountains are you facing? What jostling do you need to ignore today?
One year ago today