The Path is not without its surprises. Every now and then, you will find that a step has rotted out, and you do not have solid footing on which you can place your full weight. You will decide whether to step gingerly on the edge of that next step or skip it and make the big stretch to the secure step above it.
Some steps may have wet paint. Someone has come to your staircase and painted the steps without telling you. That’s how it is on the Path. People do things you’re not expecting, and you have to maneuver around them. You learn to step around that guy with the paintbrush, to avoid getting paint on yourself.
Excerpted from Donna Apidone’s TransForMission. Available on Amazon.