Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scaling Cliffs

So little bear was walking along the river bank today... the idea of flowing water is quite intriguing for him, and he wants to explore a bit more! So he was walking and walking through the bush,  but when he came to the edge of the river... well, he found himself in a bit of a pickle!

There was a cliff down to the river! A steep, undercut cliff. Poor little bear. He lay down on his tummy and had a look over the edge and decided that it was far too far to jump! Mind you, he did get a good look at the different layers of soil underneath all of the grass! Hmm... he can get a very good idea of what lies under the grass by looking at this cliff... but first he needs to get down.

So little bear wandered to the left and wandered to the right... but the cliff looked like it continued for a very long way! But what was this?? Little bear found a big tangle of roots coming out of the soil near the top of the cliff and hanging down the face of the cliff.

Maybe he could use those roots? Little bear schimmied down the first root wad and then came the tricky part, choosing a nice strong root and getting a hold of it... but he managed it. And with a bit of trepidation and some tense moments, little bear lowered himself down the root and soon he was standing on terra firma again!

Way to go little bear!! He looked up at the top of the cliff and decided that having a root or a rope handy was very helpful when scaling mountains or cliffs!

Which is a good lesson for us as well... we might find ourselves in a place of stuckness. We look to the left and we look to the right, and there is nothing that we can do to get ourselves out of this place of stuckness. Seemingly...

Maybe what we need to do is look at what is in front of us differently. Little bear thought he could never get down the cliff... he thought he had to go around it... and yet... when it came right down to it, the solution was right in front of his little bear nose... he just had to see it!

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