Build today, then strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure,
Shall tomorrow find its place.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
As Henry tells us here, anything that is worth building in life is worth taking the time to build it right. This is an important aspect of life… yet even more important to me, are his implications of the importance of being well grounded in life.
When we are well grounded in life, with “a firm and ample base,” we ensure that we have what it takes to make the upward climbs in life. Additionally, when we are firmly grounded, the potentially harmful things that life puts in our path are things that will not succeed in uprooting us–we will simply pass them by as obstacles along our way.
Where is it that you ground yourself? In your religion? In your God? In your sense of self? In your possessions? In your knowledge and logical wisdom? Life is about growth and taking calculated risks. But before we step out on our journey, it is important that we find and foster a strong and secure base upon which we can build.
Take time today to find and strengthen your base.
Questions to consider:
Who teaches us how and where to ground ourselves?
Where do you find yourself most strongly grounded? Are you there often?
How do you feel in the times when you are not strongly grounded in the aspects of life that are most important to you?
For further thought:
“A plain is what a mountain aims to be: the closest you can come to being in outer space while yet having your feet on this planet.” ~Yann Martel