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The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
-- Lucretius
 

 

Tuesday, June 9, 1998

Gravity

Every person on this planet is constantly under the influence of a powerful limiting force called gravity. Gravity makes difficult the lifting and movement of massive objects. It makes our feet tired and actually causes us to become shorter as we age.

Although gravity is a powerful limitation, we would not want to be without it. As fun as it might appear to fly in space and frolic free of gravity, the absence of gravitational force yields its own set of very difficult problems. With no gravity, you’d have to tie down all of your furniture, food crumbs would migrate to every corner of your house, your computer’s mouse would wander off, and you’d never be able to fill your bathtub for a warm, relaxing soak. Gravity, as limiting as it is, also makes many things possible, including the very existence and stability of the planet.

So it is with every limitation we face. We can never hope to be free of limitations, nor would we want to be. Many of the things which appear to limit us in some ways, actually support us in other ways. Every great thing that has ever been accomplished, has been done by people with limitations. Rather than wishing for a life free of limitations, let your limitations give you strength.

— Ralph Marston

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