Life is filled with Peaks & Valleys, yes, but also with Plateaus. We celebrate arrival at the Pinnacles, & commiserate when we are deep in the Valleys. But it is what you do at the Plateaus that determines whether the next milestone you reach will be a Peak or a Valley. Too tired to climb higher, but too restless to stay still, in the Cold Night of Despair some jump into the abyss below, thus ensuring that they will never reach the Summit. Too fearful to proceed, & too anxious to face the Dawn of another Day alone, some become paralyzed with analysis of where to go next, not realizing that the Plateau is meant as a place to rest, re-group, re-charge, & be re-born, not a place to die.

There is no healing in the Valley where one’s heart is wounded, & none in the celebratory Heights where one’s heart is overwhelmed with joy. No, true healing comes in sipping from the cool streams that meander amongst the Plateaus of Life, in resting one’s head on the smooth stones that are the pillows one finds on the smooth places when the battle has ceased, the storms have calmed, & one has time to contemplate the past in order to plan for a better future. Plateaus are the peaceful places one arrives at for a respite after one has experienced the unthinkable, survived the tragedy, & escaped the dungeon.

Plateaus are where one’s soul is restored in order that one may climb again, but this time, even higher than before. Plateaus can be landing strips, or launching pads. They can provide the space needed to get a running start that is so powerful that one can fly into the wild blue yonder of their Destiny. For those whose wings are still too broken to fly, Plateaus are a place to heal. And when that time comes to move onward & upward to make room for the next weary traveler to find solace & peace on that Plateau, one only has to reach upward & grasp the hand that awaits to pull you upward to the next level, should you not have the strength to do it alone.

Take shelter beneath that rock on that Plateau when you have finally found your way past the Valley of your Sorrows, for in the morning, you will feel like climbing once again. Who knows, you might even feel like taking flight! Either way, the Plateau which you find yourself on is only temporary. Plateaus are not meant to be destinations, but rather only rest stops. Pause & catch your breath when you must, but then keep moving, for your Destiny is waiting to embrace you just up ahead. Besides, yours might be the hand that is needed to reach down & help lift up the next weary traveler that has been called to that space on that Plateau. Or perhaps the sight of you soaring off into the sunset is the inspiration someone needs to heal their own broken wings for flight.

Either way, there comes behind you on the path someone who sees your every move – let them see the best in you – let them see you take that first step to move past the Plateau, recognizing that is not the place you are meant to abide in forever, & neither will it be that way for them. Find Peace on the Plateau, then proceed onward – you were born to climb, to soar, to shine & succeed.

– Lou Lehman Sams


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I am a Southern Belle, through and through. Born and raised in North Alabama, where my family settled in 1808, when the area was still the Mississippi Territory, I come from a line of Planters, Patriots, and Pioneers. They were people who were unafraid to take risks, who said what they believed, and who honored God and their Country. Like my ancestors before me, I have strong values, believing that the Golden Rule is indeed golden. I write as a way to relate and as a release. I hope that my words may inspire, challenge and provoke one to thinking about how extraordinary things can come out of ordinary places, people, and things.

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