Climb, Assimilate, Climb

Sometimes our comfortable routine and predictable environment can lure us into a long-term plateau. It’s so easy to pitch a tent after growing to a new level, but then forget to leave the tent for greater growth. I recently came across this quote from Fred Smith. I hope it disturbs you.

Something in human nature tempts us to stay where we’re comfortable. We try to find a plateau, a resting place, where we have comfortable stress and adequate finances. Where we have comfortable associations with people, without the intimidation of meeting new people and entering strange situations. Of course, all of us need to plateau for a time. We climb and then plateau for assimilation. But once we’ve assimilated what we’ve learned, we climb again. It’s unfortunate when we’ve done our last climb. When we have made our last climb, we are old, whether forty or eighty.

I hope this challenges you as much as it does me. Have you made your last climb?