Friday, May 22, 2009

bottom of the ladder

Today was my brother's last day of middle school. Picking him up, I couldn't help but have flashbacks to my own last day of 8th grade - probably my favorite year. In 8th grade, you're at the top of the social ladder, an air of superiority in your step as you pass 6th and 7th graders in the hallway. Yet in two months, he will have to start over again, being at the bottom of the same social ladder he was once at the top of. This process can be seen outside of the school environment as well. Going from one job to another, you're labeled the "new girl/guy" until someone else comes along to claim the title.
While some may shy away from such experiences, preferring to stay where it's safe and predictable, it's these very experiences that help shape us. Alan Cohen once said, "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."

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