At the edge ~ Do you have what it takes?

We went skiing yesterday to a mountain called Hog's Back. In French they pronounce it Augz Back. I like that.

Chic Choc snowboarders

We have skied this mountain before but yesterday we wanted to take a new route down. The wind was so wicked at top. If you didn't hold yourself in place it threatened to blow you right over, skis and all.

After the finger numbing experience of removing our skins, Damien led us to the edge.

In the wind-whipped snow it looked like a precipice. Until you went close enough you could not see over the edge (which can be serious in winter conditions, as you don't want to ski out on a cornice). This was not a cornice, it was simply the unknown edge.

skiing Hog's Back

I find myself facing the unknown edge on a daily basis. Sometimes it's the side of a mountain, other times it's a new work challenge, or a child's interest in something totally out of my league.

Each time we're faced with this unknown we have a choice. Do we approach the edge with creative imagination for all the wonderful possibilities that lay just over the unknown edge? Do we start brainstorming and scheming? Or do we allow ourselves to be filled with fear and dread? Do we ski forward with courage? Or stay back in cowardice?

I'm not suggesting recklessness but the truth is there are far less cornices than we think there are.

As we have taken interest-led learning and living to the next level I have fielded questions from many fearful folks, families longing to embrace a different model of living.

But what about…? How do I make sure that…? How do I let go of…?

I'm usually the one answering questions. This time I'm going to ask one.

Do you have what it takes to lead an interest-led, values based, and mission driven life?

Skiing under power lines

My answer to that question is yes, you do… if you have these two things.

Imagination. And Courage.

Imagination to dream of the amazing experience that awaits you on the other side. And the courage to ski over the edge to get there.

I am beta testing my trail publishing protocol. Shorter posts; written, edited (including photo editing), and published from my iPad mini. A new chapter for me. This next month will be back and forth. Old posting workflow and style mixed with trail post beta testing.

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  • Sarah

    Sarah on Feb. 25, 2014, 2:41 a.m.

    I sure hope I do! I'm consicously trying to, at least, which I think is a step in the right direction; trying to define values, dreams to work towards...and then trying to dig for that courage (inspiration--like your blog, or trail stories or organizations that are really doing meaningful work--are key for me... and stories like this one help, too: :) ) 


    • renee

      renee on Feb. 25, 2014, 2:57 a.m.

      Sarah, I am so glad you shared that video. Thank you. The kids and I just watched it. The Scared is scared of the things you love. Brilliant. You do have what it takes, absolutely, without a doubt. 


      • Sarah

        Sarah on Feb. 26, 2014, 4:13 a.m.

        Ahh, thank you, that makes me so happy! ...and I'm so glad you and your kids liked the video... my brother shared it with me and I thought "that's one to save!" Also, the first Kickstarter video was wonderful... interesting, fun... I'm so excited! Congratulations to your family (and the editors)!


  • anna

    anna on March 2, 2014, 7:16 p.m.

    It's an ebb and flow, sometimes it's my imagination that makes we cowardly.

    I have to say reading your blog, has given me courage to imagine being braver.

    Thanks for all your sharing.



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