Lessons from the mountains

The mountains... aahhh the mountains.....

Being on the top of a mountain is something difficult to describe with words. Especially big mountains that go on forever all the way to the horizon. Looking at the vastitude of those mountains is something very powerful. It makes us realize we need to be humble and respect the limits imposed by that immensity ahead of us.

At the same time, each trail offers an ever changing challenge. Each time we go down a trail is a unique experience, it's never exactly the same, something always changes, the snow, the wind, the light, the terrain is always different and therefore requires us to adapt constantly. This dynamic path requires creativity, flexibility and proactivity to choose the best way to approach that terrain, we have to be quick to react, we have to be able to recognize when it's time to stop and take a break before continuing and we have to be able to make decisions about the best way to handle the unexpected along the way.

It's just like real life where the more we are flexible to adapt to new circumstances, the better chance we have to reach our goals.

It's amazing how many things the mountains can teach, how many opportunities the mountains give us to reflect on so many things! We are all so busy with our daily lives, there are always so many things to do, to remember, to take care of... that we often miss noticing what is right in front of our eyes. Some people might think that taking a chairlift to the top of a mountain again and again is such a waste of time, is such a repetitive activity that doesn't add anything to our lives.

I see it as an opportunity to admire the amazing details Nature has to offer, it's an opportunity to relax and disconnect from our crazy busy routine and instead of rushing to get somewhere, we simply don't worry about anything. It's my way to meditate.

So much to take in!

The creek below is at the entrance of the mountain we usually go to snowboard. We walk on a bridge that goes over that creek as we arrive at the mountain and every single time we do that, we have a chance to admire such beauty. I'm always amazed by the new piles of snow, by the new shapes, by the constant change and yet, with all the daily change, the water is always flowing, is always moving, is always finding its new path regardless of what's happening anywhere else in the world. There are so many life metaphors we can extract from this one single image!

Grateful for you, mountains!


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