Posted by Kate on July 13, 2000 at 15:48:55:
In Reply to: Re: Thought for the Day - On Top of the World - And PROUD posted by Dana S. on July 13, 2000 at 08:16:38:
: : : : : I have found some of the best reasons I
: : : : : ever had for remaining at the bottom
: : : : : simply by looking at the men at the top.
: : : : : (Frank Moore Colby, US Author, 1865-1925)
: : : : ...eh-hem...I'm not gonna touch this one. It's sooo tempting, though...
: : : : Dana S.
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: : : DANA!! You have a mind like a sewer, woman!! I will never look at this quotation again in quite the same way!!
: : : HM
: : ___________
: : A SEWER?! For cryin' out loud! I was simply NOT going to give my very humble, inarticulate opinions on all the excuses underachievers make for being underachieved. It would cause a HUGE controversy and TGAT Lainey wouldn't be here to enjoy it. Sheesh!;)
: : Dana S.
: Alrightythen! I just needed a bit of time to come up with a diplomatic way of being opinionated.
: Let's take the Gathering's "On Top of the World". GETTING to the top was fabulous for me. There were those who were surprised at their reaction to getting to the top. There were those who had BIGGER plans than getting to the top. There were those for which the journey was easy and those for which it was agonizing. There were helpers and saviours and heros. Right. It was great.
: Then there were those who CHOSE not to go to the top. I heard no criticism from the "bottom" folks. HOWEVER, what a great surprise to discover that these folks had OTHER mountains in mind. The climb to The Falls was the goal for some. Some didn't make it, but were DETERMINED to make it next time.
: After seeing all these different people make it, or try to make it to 'the top', I can only feel pity for those who are critical of others accomplishments. Pity, because they are blind to their OWN abilities and accomplishments. They will ALWAYS be on the bottom looking up.
: Dana S.
I think you hit the nail on the head, Dana, when you said that the 'top' was not the same for everyone. I really do believe that everyone has a 'top' - something they are trying to achieve. It is just that everyone's idea of 'the top' is different, and sometimes we lose sight of that fact. We just jump to the conclusion that because they are not striving to reach OUR goals, they are not actually TRYING to achieve anything much at all. It is simply a case of EVERYONE'S perceptions of what/where 'the top' is.
I think you are absolutely right. One man's goal is to reach 'the top of the world', while another is trying to get to 'Linville Falls'. But - how to differentiate which is the hardest to achieve? Which is the more distant 'goal'? Who's 'journey' is more complicated by the obstacles in the way? Who is handicapped by extra 'weight'?
Though I'm not too comfortable with the terms 'under/over-achiever', in the end, I agree it's the guy who is 'handicapped' by his own inability to recognise that he too can embark on a journey 'to the top of (his own) world', who will 'stay where he lays'.
However, I think the 'thought for the day' has some merit! There are a lot of folks who 'climbed' over others, in their race to the top of their world!! With that picture in mind, I think I MUCH PREFER to have been in OUR group, the Gatherers toiling up that mountain, giving a hand to those that were having a hard time of it. I know which one works for me!! :0)
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