“Better Not Look Down”

choppy contrails

[A Retrospective] Sometimes conflict in our lives seems to come out of nowhere…unprepared we fixate on the bumps and distractedly look down, losing sight of the steady and constant horizon in the distance. Recognizing the temporary nature of this sort of turbulence is essential to coping with it…just as with the effect of heating the surface of the earth, hot air yields increased pressure as it rises in isolation, creating rolling pockets of dissimilar air, before dissipating in the atmosphere above, eventually vanishing as it runs out of energy…a few bumps here and there, but in the end, the natural state is smooth air…As long as we stay cool, don’t look down, and focus on the horizon, any rough patches will pass and we will be left with only memories of our disquiet and the thrill of riding it out.

“You better not look down
If you want to keep on flyin’
Put the hammer down
Keep it full speed ahead

You better not look back
Or you might just wind up cryin’
You can keep it movin’
If you don’t look down”

~B.B. King, “Better Not Look Down” (Chorus)

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