Stepping in the Same River?

In general, I prefer not to repeat activities. I make a new recipe nearly every night. I walk home from the grocery store by a different route than how I walk there. And once I’ve figured something out, I’m quickly looking to hand it off and take on a new challenge.

“Been there, done that” is the beginning of the end — and the end is sharp.

But there’s a difference between rote and a return. As the ancient philosophers understood, you can cross the river on your way out of town and on your way back, but neither you nor the river will be exactly the same.

In a life of campaigns, Caesar would have crossed the Rubicon many times. But he and the river became legend because he once crossed it in a way no one had seen before.