The Importance of Climbing

Grand Teton National Park

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again.  So why bother in the first place?  Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.  One climbs, one sees.  One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.  There is art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up.  When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”  

René Daumal

A New Lens

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We assume that what we see is what we intended.  Why doubt the intention if it comes from a primary source such as an artist.  Turns out that occasionally what is seen is not what is produced.  Takes this article that highlights the remarkable process to address the influence of color deficiency.  Take a journey to see Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in a new perspective.

New Landscape

On vacation this week and went for a five hour mountain bike ride this morning. It was tremendous and perhaps most memorable because almost two years ago a wildland fire tore through 45,000 acres, consuming most of the landscape that I rode today. Many of the valley’s residents were displaced or forced to evacuate. This took place during the height of summer tourist season. It nearly devastated Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain Ski Area and continues to have a negative financial impact on local businesses. But there is a remarkable side to the story. It opened new skiing options since the fire completely incinerated all the trees and vegetation, leaving just charred trunks. The trails I rode today are in their second summer of regeneration. Flowers and new plants have filled the forest floor and mountainside.

I came across the vista (pictured below) from the trail to give an updated perspective. It has completely changed the experience of mountain biking on Baldy. You can see miles ahead and have new views that were previously hidden by the lodge pole pine trees.

Have you prepared for how the landscape of your enterprise might change? What are the unseen opportunities that you might realize? Can you anticipate the unanticipated?

When you cannot see?

A week of fog turning into heavy fog with an inversion to keep the pattern in place. How does one keep perspective if you cannot see familiar landmarks? How often do we rely on our eyesight to provide us feedback on our location and direction? What if you were speaking to a stadium full of people enveloped in fog and could not see past the first row? Would you change your mannerisms, your inflection, your passion, your cadence?

What if we practiced using our other senses to guide us? It looks like it will be a great week to practice.