Hold On

SAMSUNG CSCBetween rooms at the Melk Abbey in Austria, I came across this staircase, called the Baroque Staircase.  The staircase winds around and it looks like it will never end.  Stone stairs that circled an opening in the middle that to me represented infinity.  There is intricate iron work and friezes on the wall that have been in the abbey for over a hundred years.   I could hear my Mom’s voice telling me in my head to hold on.  And I did.

While the staircase looked like it went on forever, I had hope that I would get to the bottom safely.  I held on.  I was going down this staircase, but I could have walked right back up.

And I could not help but think of a stairway to heaven for this one.  I was in a spiritual place.  And I could not help but think about the scripture that I read when I need to shift my perspective.  That leap of faith scripture…

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 New International Version (NIV)

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Shared by Marcie Doll

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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