Friday, August 27, 2004

Canadian Rockies

Back from vacation in the Canadian Rockies - Banff, Jasper, etc. Boy, is that part of the world (Moraine Lake, the view from Sulfur Mountain, and Patricia Lake, etc.) bee-YOU-tee-full, or what?! A perfect way for Nancy and I to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Now for those of you who know me, I'm not what you'd call the outdoors type. There's a reason that God created the suburbs I always say. I guess t
hat's why we stayed at some very nice accommodations along the way (such as the Buffalo Mountain Lodge and the Pyramid Lake Resort). But one of my clients suggested that I be sure to listen to what the trees might have to say to me as we hiked up mountains, through meadows, along lakes and up glaciers. So I did. (My clients give me homework - isn't that a hoot?!)

Well I can't tell you how amazed I was - how captivating this thing called nature was for me. And how talkative it became once I really started listening:

Here's some of what the trees had to say to me -

  • "Wear bug spray!"
  • "Embrace the stillness."
  • "Lay down your roots - as deep and as wide as you can."
  • "Stand tall so you can stretch to the sky."

Here's some of what the mountains, waters, and glaciers had to say to me -

  • "It's not about perfection; it's about BEING."
  • "With enough time and effort, there are no obstacles."

And here's some of what the big rocks had to say to me -

  • "When it's time to change ... don't mind change."
  • "On any given day, the same rock can mark the way (by making a path to follow), aid the way (by being a stepping stone on a steep hill), block the way (as that gigantic boulder smack-dab in the middle of the path did), or eliminate the way entirely (as many an avalanche has done). The key is in knowing what kind of rock you're being at any point in time."

Funny, though, now that I'm back in the flatlands of Chicagoland, I still see the mountains on the horizon. And the trees still seem to be talking to me!

(Thanks for the suggestion, Gabriele.)


Monday, August 09, 2004

bz quoted today in the Chicago Sun-Times

So this is cool ...

Chicago Sun-Times article, Monday, August 9, 2004, pages 44-45.

And the GottaGettaCoach! archive of it.