The Plains of Hesitation
I once heard a prominent theologian state that one way you can tell if you’re on the right path is that it will almost certainly be uphill, or something to that effect. I’m sure it’s original form was much more poetic than mine, but the sentiment is the same: anything in life worth having is likely to be hard to get—and not just hard, but long in coming.
When I was in high school, one of my two best friends taught me a quotation that I’ve remembered word for word to this day:
On the plains of hesitation lie the bones of countless millions,
who, on the eve of victory, sat down to rest, and resting died.
Turns out I didn’t remember it word for word (or my friend didn’t teach it to me exactly right), but the quotation was from Adlai Stevenson, a two-time presidential candidate who got hammered both times by Dwight Eisenhower. Adlai left his mark, though, if only in my memory.
Why did this old quotation that I hadn’t thought of for years just pop into my head? Maybe because it’s quitting time for my day job and starting time for my night job, which I hope someday will make it so I no longer need my day job. In the mean time, this is not a time to “sit down and rest.” Not for me. Not for you. Not for anyone for whom life has yet to deliver what he or she wants the most.