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"Go gently..."


Monday, January 09, 2012

I was at the Banff Mountain Film Festival yesterday. (Google it and you will have an idea of the content: extreme outdoor activities!)

Interestingly, one line in the 3+ hours of film has resonated with me. The film was directed by Anson Fogal and filmed by Cory Richards; it was called COLD. It was about a group of mountain climbers ascending an 8000 ft peak in Pakistan, at night in -50 degree winter conditions. What caught me, was when the camera showed one of the guys chatting with his Dad on a satellite phone, just before starting the last leg of this unbelievable emotional/ physical challenge. Knowing it was entirely a dangerous, potentially life threatening task - his Dad's last words (yes - he was a climber too!) were, "Go gently".

The team did make it to the summit and returned safely, but it struck me that the Dad KNEW his words would carry many meanings and that they might have been the last conversation he ever shared with his son.

His words could apply to all of us - especially those who are baby-stepping goals and aspirations: "Go gently". As I stepped up my physio and started into a new yoga program this week, it keeps coming back to me...

Where in your life could you "go gently"?

(Follow the links at: thenorthface.com to read the Gasherbrum II web diary)
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DONNAKOVAC 1/10/2012 5:56AM

    Go gently, Baby Stepping all the way! Thanks for sharing. Also, if we go gently, it's so much easier to "stop and smell the roses" along the way, appreciating more of the journey if we're not in a rush to race through. (^_^)

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