Stumble on Stones


Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans- Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones. Chinese Proverb

Today’s quote is a powerful reminder that when we focus too intently on the far off horizon, this is when we stumble and fall. It is so important to honor the fact that small steps are the only way we ever move forward. Indeed, it is the small steps that take us on the great journeys.

Truly, it is not the mountains that trip us up; we trip on the small stones before us that we do not see because we are looking too far into the future.

There is an old Buddhist saying that encourages those seeking enlightenment to ‘chop wood and carry water.’  It is a reminder that it is every day life done well, that will carry us to our greatness.

Everyday life done well… has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?