Back from the Alps few weeks ago, I have been thinking about one of the takeaways from my journey, related with a feeling that most of us have surely experienced already.
When we walk a marked route, we somehow feel safe that if we follow the signs sooner or later we will arrive at our destination. This is especially important when you are surrounded by nature elements that you need to respect and take into consideration.
During one of the long and beautiful ascents in the region around the Col du Grand Saint Bernard, a magnificent open air amphitheatre of mountains, one particular conversation got stuck in my head. It was related with the different paths we know and how it is possible to achieve the summit of a mountain.
The conversation started with religion, a topic I must say, returns very often at this altitude 🙂 .Basically our philosophical dissertation took us to the point were we could agree that the “Creator” of all things (no matter the name or affiliation) is like a mountain, a reference above the ground, and the different religions and beliefs the different paths that lead us to the top.
Maybe the oxygen, maybe the honesty of our talk, made all the conflicts related with doctrine seem to be shortsighted…among other topics.
We went on climbing and enjoying our path, but my eyes started slowly drifting into the endless possibilities every little trail diverging from ours presented to my eyes. I would stop and look until I could see where the little line would take us, suddenly, it was clear to me , that there where dozens of options to go over and around the massive rock all the way to the top.
How can we relate this impressions to our own life? To our work? To the way we have been doing things, to the way we think?
It is interesting to observe in a world where it seems that all major questions and problems have been solved by algorithms and big data simulators, there are still so many paths beyond the obvious that can lead us to the summit. If we were just brave enough to try a different approach…This weekend, go for a walk and maybe you can find some alternatives.
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