Image from Etsy (sold item) depicts The Wizard of Oz, from red slippers via the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. In one elegant mosaic swirl, we see the journey from a hopeful beginning to the destination that promises the solution to everyone’s problems. The interesting part of the story is that the travellers work together as a team, using their respective strengths to help each other along the way. They each have a perceived weakness or disability that the Wizard magicks away. In reality it is only a placebo effect, and the travellers realise their hidden potential to overcome their weaknesses.
I wonder what the mosaic swirl of my life looks like. No magic red slippers for me. Regular Servis shoes in which I ascend the staircase that leads me one step at a time towards my Emerald City, my Paradise. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back. Sometimes it is more than two steps back. But the important thing is to keep going, because if you stop, you will keep slipping back and back and lose ground that took years to cover.
Heaven is not reached in a single bound
But we build the ladder by which we rise
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies
And we mount to its summit round by round.
I count this thing to be grandly true:
That a noble deed is a step towards God.
Lifting the soul from the common clod
To a purer air and a broader view.
Baby steps. One step at a time. And little by little, we build and we grow. We think we are helpless in front of sin, but that is not the case. We have willpower. We just need discipline.
“It’s your choice: the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.”
Heaven. Don’t miss it for the world.