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1/18/2020 12:01:00 AM
On a Knife's Edge, Together

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

To walk the edge of a knife and not cut your feet – that is a truly amazing thing. To see over the edge of the curve and realize what’s coming – that is enlightening, frightening, exhilarating, and boring. Some of it is normal, day-to-day drudgery that later creates fond memories of yester-year. Other parts of what lies beyond the curve will still arrive in its due time and rock your world. That is life. That is goodness. That is challenging. And, that is necessary.

To see it and worry ahead of time is needless. It is coming. Just give it time. To see it and ignore it is foolishness. We must walk the edge of today and the future, knowing that the time and processes will come, yet we must enjoy today for what it is and act as how we would want perfection to be. Hence, the edge of the knife is slight, poignant, and purposeful. It allows little wiggle from left to right, yet affords some of the most amazing views while looking down across the sheer wall of the steel.

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Yet, why does it not cut through feet? That is not its purpose. It is not meant to injure or maltreat. Instead, it is for the bearing of conscientiousness that reminds us day after day that now and today and here are important – that they matter more than what lies beyond the curve and below the sheer wall at our feet.

How have you used the blade’s edge upon which you walk? Have you perceived its purposes and made the most of its invitations to stand? Straddling and struggling are also part of the bargain: to see the future, know the past, and live the present. Seeing, hearing, touching, and smelling are all part of how we direct our senses to perceive and notice today’s events.

Ironically, those multiples of incremental days’ events compound into decades that add into a lifetime. Then, upon looking back across multiples of multiples, the days were woven together in a tapestry of time, completing the facets and faces that uniquely combined to make your life.

So, enjoy the view from the edge of the knife, as you peer over the curvature of time that affords a glimpse of tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow. Walk soundly, and know that we are also on the same strip of thickness with you.

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