September 2014 Letter: Dear Ladder

September 2014 Letter–Dear Ladder,

I have never been able to climb you with only my left foot. And come to think of it, I have never been able to climb you with only my right foot either. You are a left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot kind of thing. I need both my feet to conquer you. Not only do both legs work, but both are pretty much needed at the same time; they don’t work separately. At least not for long.

And every time  I climb you, I am reminded that knowledge and experience are like the two legs I need to climb you. Sometimes the right one goes first, but at other times, the left one takes the lead. Knowledge guides experience, but experience makes knowledge so much more tangible. They make sense together. And nothing really works when I try to just use experience without knowledge, or knowledge without experience. 

ladderAnd when I climbed you the other day, left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, I thought of how faith and works work together, and how I can’t really walk with God without both–the one fuels the other. Or like inhaling and exhaling–they are part of the same movement of life that keeps me going. Or like giving and receiving–I need to excel at both.

Thank you for teaching me about balance in so many ways, dear Ladder.

Not only do I need both legs to master you, but I also need to pay attention. To be in the now–not daydreaming about tomorrow, especially if you are very tall. And even though the skills required to conquer you are simple–left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, I still need to keep my wits about me, and brace my core, and be decisive about each move. And I need to keep looking up, because when I look down, I get a bit skirmish–especially if you are very tall and I am getting to the top of you.

And so it is with life–I can’t afford to not be decisive, or I won’t go anywhere. And I’ve got to brace myself for the ride. And the looking up? It’s absolutely essential. I can’t make it without.

Dear Ladder, thanks for all that you are to me.

Barbara

 

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one-thousand7#961 Spending the week-end with my daughter

#962 being inside during a nasty storm

#963 my wonderful new sheets

 

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15 comments

  1. Beautiful! The image of the ladder for our journey through life is perfect. I personally have to look up when climbing a ladder because looking down makes me squeamish. Thank you for the lesson of the ladder! Blessed to be visiting you from Simply Beth’s place today. Mary

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  2. Exactly! Too often I am tempted to favor one thing in place of another and I forget that both are vital. That they work together 🙂 Thanks for showing me that balance today. I will keep it in mind!

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  3. I loved this! I was intrigued by your title – as I wrote my post this morning, I was staring at a red ladder in my entryway – just waiting for me to pull it out and start taping and painting again. So now, every time I use that red ladder, I will be reminded of the left leg, right leg – knowledge/experience, faith/works, inhaling/exhaling things… in fact, you’ve given me the gift of a tangible reminder of ALL of life’s little pairs. How wonderful! Thank you for writing and sharing this today.

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