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Wending its way across the path, a meandering stream beckons the traveler on and upwards, deeper inward into the mountains.
Located in Zion National Park in Utah, the trail is moderately steep, enough so to discourage most people from traveling too far upon it. As with any beautiful place that many people visit, the “secret” is to walk beyond what most people will, past that drop off point where most people stop.
In a way, life is like this – when you think about it, many people share goals that are similar in nature: to do something with the gifts that they have been given, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them, to spend time with family and friends and the people they love. (Of course, many people have other, less laudable goals.)
The difference often lies in how far a person is willing to walk, when they decide that the trail is too steep and too filled with rocks. Those who are driven to see what is ahead will keep going, pushing themselves on, because the drive in them is so deep that they can’t stop. They may not move quickly, and they may stumble and fumble forward, but they keep going.
And while that verges on being a seminar speak pep talk, it’s really not meant to be so. Life is a journey, and it is not an easy one – this moving forward may only be one step before there is a long, long rest. It’s often tempting to quit and go back, and that one doesn’t do so is not so much a testament to one’s incredible strength and fortitude (that’s the message of the seminar speakers, with the idea that they have that incredible fortitude while we, the hapless listeners, probably do not), as it is to the strong desire, that inner push that just won’t quit (even though we might wish it would).
It is beautiful in the high, remote places, and it takes time to get there. Blue Ribbon invites the viewer to take that time, to not rush the process, and to keep moving forward, one step at a time.
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March 16th, 2017
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