Great things

I'm glad someone built the road that allowed me to photograph this sight.  June 2000.

I’m glad someone built the road that allowed me to photograph this sight. June 2000.

“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

Life of ceaseless variety

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. WOW!
    I am grateful for those road-builders, too, which allowed you to take this photo.
    I am grateful to you, for taking the photo and posting it for me to see and appreciate!
    I am also grateful to God for giving us such a gift as appreciation for beauty.

    • Thank you Susan, for being grateful! Remember the words of Paul in I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

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