artirado1Plateau. It's a beautiful sounding word with an often-negative connotation.
When it's said of someone that they've plateaued, it usually means they've stopped growing; stopped progressing. They've hit a barrier, they've hit a wall, hit the breaks, they're about to hit the skids. The assumption often is that their forward momentum has ceased...
When I look back over my creative life-span, like looking out at the vast network of canyons below from atop the appropriately named Island in the Sky mesa in Canyonlands National Park, where today's photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, I can clearly denote layer after layer of "plateaus". Periods of time where, if there was any measurable progress at all, it seemed, in the moment, measurable only in geologic time. Perhaps I could see the next plateau ahead of me, but as when you're in the labyrinth-like network of canyons, it can be hard to know how get there, or if I ever would...
For more of today's post "Plateaus" on my new blog, same as the old blog, click the link in my profile. #art #progress #stages #life #plateaus #perspicuousflatness
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