What you still need to know is this. Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we move toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon. Every search begins with beginner’s luck and every search ends with the victor being severely tested.
—Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist
Our family moves on to the back half of the “summer” (not the season, but the school year defined break) now that the Tour is over. Watching the Tour is a family institution, possibly even a celebration ritual of our summer. If only we got the month off, it would be far easier to follow along. Yet, we make the time.
Which leads to what we’re trying to do now… such as clean up the house, move projects forward, some of us hope to visit friends, and I’m trying to think about the Philly Challenge. If you have a second… I’d appreciate a donation. I’ve got some cool swag to give away and any donation greater than $5 is eligible for a prize. (Multiples of 5 equal one entry per 5, so $25.00 gets you 5 entries…)
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