From The Storyteller
Hello All: Sometimes I'm really slow at getting the point. Enjoy, Doug
“In order to get to tomorrow, you must first walk through today” is a quote I remembered from a college philosophy professor, whose name I have long since forgotten. Back then I thought I knew what he meant, because my focus was on the joy of really “living” each day, one at a time - hedonistic 20-year-old that I was. Yes, I somehow passed the course with a B (gift?).
Remembering this quote led me to think about flat feet. My beautiful bride has been cursed with flat feet. She found a solution to her problem when she discovered special inserts for her shoes. Thankfully, when she applied that fix, walking distances suddenly no longer resulted in her feet and legs hurting.
Naturally, this caused me to think about our beautiful wood dining room table and the stout wooden legs that support its top. The tabletop is wonderfully level, and that was made possible only because of the special care taken by the person who made sure all four legs are the same length.
Of course, this caused me to recall the time I spent smiling, as I watched our neighbor’s 14-month-old daughter learning to walk. Which brings me to the observation that “walking” through “today” includes much more than the simply “living” through a day.
Now I think the professor meant sitting and waiting won’t get us through life successfully, because a satisfying life requires effort. This includes how we deal with everything from finding shoe inserts, to taking the extra care necessary to guarantee a flat table, to the unsteady first steps of a child learning to walk. I smile because after 54 years I think I finally earned that “B”.
Moral: College philosophy can have long range effects.