Can you rest on your laurels?


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Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Dec 5, 2018 - 10:50am PT

Thanks for that wise poem. It reminded me of a passage from one of my favorite authors, PG Wodehouse. Here is a bit of dialogue from Jeeves in the Morning. The young, dim master Bertie Wooster is chatting with his brilliant and very well-read butler, Jeeves.

"Odd's boddikins, Jeeves," I said, "I am in rare fettle this a.m. Talk about exulting in youth! I feel up and doing, with a heart for any fate, as Tennyson says."

"Longfellow, sir."

"Or, if you prefer it, Longfellow. I am in no mood to split hairs."

Sometimes in the morning--after coffee--I have "a heart for any fate".

Other mornings, not so much.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 5, 2018 - 11:05am PT
I have a fart for any hate, almost. I think that was Mr Bean.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 5, 2018 - 04:27pm PT
Love your posts, dear friends! Gracias from the heart for your inspiration!

Ricky A and Gerry, you two always give grace to life.

Cheers to all!!! lynnie

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
Dec 5, 2018 - 04:51pm PT
Credit: two-shoes
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Dec 6, 2018 - 10:25am PT
Part of the B.O.G policies and proceedures.
i.e its OK if they're legit.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2018 - 11:19am PT
What laurels? I’m no longer the man I never was.
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Dec 6, 2018 - 04:31pm PT
Jim, it appears your laurels are still growing and not quite matured yet. Good on ya.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2018 - 05:59pm PT
I guess my predicament could be worse....

Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 6, 2018 - 08:21pm PT
I keep writing down my old adventures & new ones, & a humorous short story every now & then. And sharing them.

Tom Lopez, author of the wonderful book on Idaho’s mountains, “IDAHO A CLIMBING GUIDE,” also has the book online. For years he has been adding more information on Idaho’s mountains & the history of climbing in those mountains to his free web-site.

I’ve been writing down some of my 1970’s Idaho climbing adventures as well as more recent climbing, rafting, adventures & humorous stories for the last few years. Idaho Magazine has published 17 of those stories, but you have to pay to read them. Tom has 3 of my best stories on his website, for free.

May I suggest the one in my link as a great read for fans of the Sawtooth Range, adventure, & lost treasures. It is 29 pages long, but has lots of historic photos, mostly from the early 1970’s, & moves right along.

Tom & I spent Dec 2nd, finding lost pages, adding new photos, & cleaning up typos on it. I think it’s as good as anything I’ve ever written.

Pursuit of “Bluebonnet Tower and the Search for the “Crystal Cave.”


Trad climber
Upland, CA
Dec 7, 2018 - 09:13am PT
Sierra Ledge Rat, I am really sorry to hear you are feeling unhappy about certain aspects of your present situation, especially some deterioration in your body.

I'm not sure I have any wise words to say about it, but I am also older and a bit broken down, but I am also really very, very happy.

I hope you find a path that leads you to happiness again. Life is so precious and so short! Love every day.


Dec 7, 2018 - 11:00am PT
Please be so kind as to let others make their own decisions without interference. If you are happy with your past decisions, just let it be. If you are now unhappy, just know it was your choice.

As regards laurels, I have observed some of them can be found on ledges.
Jebus H Bomz

Sacramento, CA
Dec 7, 2018 - 11:49am PT
Happiness and achievement might be two very different things.

Sport climber
Dec 7, 2018 - 11:54am PT

Happiness is held in too high regard. Happiness is stupid. Meaning is closer to the real thing...

When all meaning is absorbed you have reached your inner point zero and will soon stop spinning...
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