You remember the old Roadrunner cartoons, where the coyote would run off a cliff and keep going, until he looked down and happened to notice that he was running on nothing more than air?


Well, he said, I always used to wonder what would have happened if he’d never looked down. Would the air have stayed solid under his feet until he reached the other side? I think we’re all like that. We start heading out across this canyon, looking straight ahead at the thing that matters, but something, some fear or insecurity, makes us look down. And we see we’re walking on air, and we panic, and turn around and scramble like hell to get back to solid ground. And if we just wouldn’t look down, we could make it to the other side. The place where things matter.

Jonathan Tropper, The Book of Joe


Photo John Avant

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6 Responses to

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    What a cool picture! Is that a roadrunner, Sandy? The quote sure makes a point too.

  2. Jesse says:

    That is one snazzy roadrunner! He looks like he is up to no good though haha, and this quote is great now I need to read the Book of Joe apparently!

  3. Di Anne Lewis says:

    An interesting bird indeed! I Googled and learned that the roadrunner rarely flies, preferring to run at speeds as fast as 18 miles per hour. No wonder the cartoon character goes “beep beep” – – –

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