Sir Winston could understand the fun in wanting to walk along the top of the fence but he couldn´t understand why Mr. Midnight had chosen to do it on such a windy day. The wood panel fence looked rather flimsy and was obviously, not very stable.
Mr. Midnight ignored Sir Winstons wise words. If Sir Winston could do it any better then why doesn´t he have a go, he thought to himself. At that exact moment he then reached the otherside of the fence and he sprang onto the low roof of the garden shed.
Well it looked a lot of fun but why you had to go and take such a difficult path to get to the shed I´ll never know. You could have just trotted over the lawn and sprang up onto the rain barrel next to the shed. It would have been a lot easier.
It´s more fun taking the “high road” than the low and the view from the top of the fence is a lot better than if I went across the green stuff. The fence is so narrow and scary but the feat made me feel alive.
Habitually, humans tend to take the wide and fast road in life. That´s why they seem to develop so slowly. They believe they haven´t any time to lose and usually prefer to take what is believed to be the “easiest path” in life.
I´ve often noticed that with humans. They seem to believe that if they can cut corners then they will reach their goals more satisfyingly.
The easiest path just gets you to where ever you want to go that much faster. It doesn´t necessarily mean that one has understood or mastered the task at hand. The easy path just means that one reaches ones goal by putting in as little effort as possible, which although appearing logical, will not always be the best path.
A line from my favourite music band, Depeche Mode, states that “the narrowest path is the holiest”
If people take the path of least resistance then they aren´t going to learn very much in life are they. I mean, one has to put time and effort into something to properly understand its real meaning and to gain genuine satisfaction.
If one takes the path of least resistance, at the end of the day, that easiest path may in actual fact, have been the steepest. It´s easy to be lazy and convenient early on in life but when in ones twilight years, that trodden so-called “easier path” may in fact, turn out to be the hardest path ever taken.
I think to a certain extent, you have it in a nutshell. The easiest path is possibly only the easiest at the beginning. It´s sometimes better to hit the harder road and to do ones homework properly than to try and cut corners in life.
Poor things. You have to feel sorry for them don´t you.
That´s why I wanted to walk the narrow ledge of the fence. It was a challenge and I´ve gained experience. It would have been easy to run across the soft, green stuff to get to the shed. Where´s all the excitement in that?
Although sometimes, life can be quite tiring, it´s often worth the effort to occasionally take a challenge in which to discover the real secrets of life.
I think I´ll have a go now. I may be a bit heavier and more cumbersome than you are Mr. Midnight, but that´s all part of the challenge isn´t it.
Make way for Sir Winston, the incredible, balancing Black Forest cat!
(C) mags 2014