The Mountain and I
17 July 2019
As some of you may know, I am changing my work venue for 40 days, spending this time in Deer Valley, Utah, The purpose and concept of this change of venue is for me to slow down, look hard at what I am doing, and focus.
The other day, I felt I really wasn’t getting the things done I wanted to – and things weren’t moving as fast as I felt they should. It started to bother me.
To clear my thoughts, I took a long, slow drive across Guardsmen Pass. As I drove back toward Deer Valley, I found the direct route, Marsac Avenue, was closed. So, instead of coming up Marsac (Deer Valley is only about a mile via this route), I had to take Royal Street, a long road, winding and curving.
Royal Street took me on a slow, easy ride up the mountain. I found myself taking full opportunity to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the views on hand. And I realized this appreciation – and the opportunity to exercise it – was one of the things I came to Utah for in the first place.
And I had overlooked it. I came here for the beauty, to let it into myself, to send myself out into it. To appreciate it and to enjoy it.
To slow down, and I had let myself get frustrated that things weren’t moving fast enough to suit me.
I see that Marsac road closure as a Godsend – a wakeup call reminding me why I took this time away. I returned refreshed, humbled, and energized in a better way, more conducive to achieving the goals I had set for this time.
As The Rolling Stones sang in New Orleans last night, (with me almost two thousand miles away), “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find you get what you need.”
Remember, the purpose of climbing a mountain is to see the world – not to give the world the opportunity to look at you.
What events have brought you back to your goals, when you feel you’ve lost sight of them for a moment?
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