This little leather bound book lives in a place of honor on the shelf behind my desk. For some reason this morning, I felt the need to pick it up and read it. Ron and I were gifted with this book when we left Bristol a few years ago. The inside cover posed the opening statement “What I learned from Ron and Susan…” Inside are many, many people’s perspectives and remembrances.
I was about 1/2 way through all the warm and loving thoughts and perspectives when a note from Andy Howard summed up a through line that I’d been seeing. Here’s what he wrote:
“I learned that striving for that which is just beyond the achievable is a great defining principle. To reach beyond what we can already do is what we are tasked with!”
So many of the notes in the book are about the transformative experience of striving for what’s just beyond reach and being unafraid to fail because failure is a welcome part of the process. No failure = not reaching far enough and not trying enough new things.
They are also about never giving up. About picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and creating your next glorious opportunity.
Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. We have these principles at our core, but it takes courage to embody them. And, it’s tiring.
And, anything less that that effort isn’t worth our time.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends.
Dear friends. Thank you.
Susan Scot Fry
Update… Ron and I are weighing a number of alternatives. This perspective helped our conversations immensely.