You’ve put in the effort and now is the payback, and by the bucket load.  Dante’s payback for schlepping through the underworld towards the higher realms was the easy task of returning to where the world is bright. 

Let me know if you have a place that makes you feel like that.  For me, a quick dip into that brightness can be an early spring or summer morning, or a day digging and planting in the garden.  Or the dusty pink of sunset on the Mont Blanc. 


‘That leads back out to where the world is bright.

No need for rest. We bore an easy load:

The task of getting back to the sweet light.’    (Inferno, Canto 34)


Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy, trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 171

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