My favorite place in the United States is Blue Sky Basin.
From Blue Sky, you can look west and see The Mount of the Holy Cross – it’s a humbling view, which reminds me of beauty and personal insignificance.
Mountains are good that way!
When I tell folks about my mini-adventures, they might say “I wish…”
- I wish my spouse…
- I wish my kid…
- I wish my boss…
Pay attention to your spoken wishes, and do.
Am I willing to do whatever it takes to turn my wish in to reality?
Using my son’s hiking, I have insisted, “I will never…”
- drive long distances
- walk slowly
- carry everything
- give up “my day”
Going deeper, unlocking the benefits of marriage required me to modify what I thought were my best qualities.
Well, do you want it enough to change?
Second, pay attention to the reality that you’re going to feel the same!
Memory is different than experience…
…and my experience often feels like a problem.
My experiences are largely forgotten, replaced with new problems I dream up. Fortunately, I am free not to take myself too seriously.
This insight, requires paying attention and not taking my thoughts too seriously in the moment.
I started by noticing my #1 habit that was clearly making things worse => acting on anger in low-stakes situations.
What is your #1 habit that’s holding you back?
With a bit of luck, I have a few hundred Blue Sky laps remaining.
Each time I look over to Holy Cross, I’ll be reminded of a job well done.
Fill the world with reminders of your best self.