Step By Step

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Rick Hill
words and music by Richard H. Hill, copyright 2010


“The life which is unexamined is not worth living” – Plato


A long time ago, I was at the Montreat Annual Recreation Workshop.  I took a class in Low Ropes and the instructor used three questions to do the debriefing.  those questions have stayed with me ever since.  I believe they are a great way to work through a period of reflection:

            What? – what did you do?

            So What? – what difference did it make?

            Now What? – where do you go from here?


Step By Step

Words and music by Rick Hill


1. Early morning

The shadows deep surround us

Proud Orion 

His rival still he fights

Timid footsteps

Filled with hesitation

Not knowing where the path may lie

2. A splash of light

And darkness flees the morning

The world alive

Emerges into view

Distant voices

Alluring sirens calling

Who deceives and who is true?


Take my hand

And walk this road beside me

Step by step

And I’ll tell you what I’ve seen

As the highway slowly rises

Stretched before us

All our dreams

3. Midday heat

The sun is overpowering

Can we take

Another step toward home

Drained of hope

Despair is overwhelming

Plunders us of all we’ve known


4. Now the sun

Caresses the horizon

Reds and golds

Are painted on the sky

A lonely dove

Gently wings homeward

Her journey o’er , her dreams close nigh