Never, Always Downhill

“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”
Samuel Smiles 


Photo Credit ~ Rosemary, Spring 2011

I was was biking home from the store last night and I went a block out of my way to go down this one big hill. I hadn’t gone that way on the way to the store, because then I would have had to bike up the hill.

Biking uphill is hard.

When I was growing up, right outside of Moulton, Texas, there was this Huge hill about a quarter mile down the county road from our house, that I loved going down. It was so big and long that I hardly ever went up it, but the times I did…..I can close my eyes and still feel the wind blowing my hair out of my face, almost forcing my eyes to close, taking my breath away and making even the hottest of Texas days bearable.

Life is like that. There are hard times when it feels like you have to push so hard to just keep your ground, much less gain any! Non of your life goals are being accomplished and you feel that you may never be productive again.

 But, then there are other times when the sun shines bright, all the breezes are cool, the whole world is beautiful and life is like the first day of summer vacation! When big things are happening, some of your craziest dreams are coming true or maybe you cleaned up your room or were finally able to put together a coherent argument on why you believe what you believe and someone understood you!

The downhill times are always our favorites.

Wouldn’t it be great if, in life, like on my bike ride to and from the store, we could avoid the uphill struggle, but still enjoy the downhill ride?

But if there were no uphill times would we truly appreciate the good times?

I am looking forward to living through many more ups and downs of life.

Although a downhill right about now would be nice! 🙂

“The road to freedom must be uphill, even if it is arduous and frustrating.”
Andrew Goodman 

“The road to success runs uphill.”
Willie Davis 


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