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Enthusiasm has no auto-pilot

Yesterday. Bearhat Mountain on left.

Comparison is the death of joy, so the only person you need to compare yourself to is your younger self.

Are you growing?

Can you see and feel and notice your progress?

Growth requires fuel.

Enthusiasm is powerful, priceless fuel.

Enthusiasm has no auto-pilot.

Feed yourself well and constantly.

Remember, habits and rituals, by design, are the key to everything.

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Overcomer

The Garmin Satellite GPS device reads 9,156′ above sea level. This is significant.

Four years ago i crossed Rim-Rock, this is 12-mile Highline Trail’s steep starting section with a narrow path and a 400-meter long reinforced cable for hand-holding.

Our Son and i wanted to do a dry-run and see how scary it would be. Cheryl stayed at Logan Pass with a good book.

It was 7:00 PM in July, so there were three hours of light remaining.

Our section would only take 10 minutes one-way from the parking lot.

With both hands tightly grasping the cable, i made it across what i deemed terrifying.

So terrifying in fact, that i was unable to return the same way.

With 11.5 miles to get to the other end, it would likely be 2:00 AM until we could traverse the trail to safely exit at The Loop.

At 1:00 AM, however, there are no shuttles, nor is there cell service to let Cheryl know what happened.

She’d panic (rightfully so) if we didn’t return.

i mustered the courage to walk back the narrow 400-meter trail.

i had to.

There was no other option.

Yesterday was a culmination of slow and steady progress, and the official self-proclaimed designation, overcomer.

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Three things needed to work anywhere

Whitecaps on Lake Sherburne. Clouds covering Swiftcurrent valley on the lower right. Yesterday about 9:00 AM. Goodbye unreliable connectivity.

Three things needed to work anywhere:

  1. Airport
  2. Connectivity
  3. iPhone

That’s it. 

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What were you thinking?

24 hours ago, no Apple website backups or downtime. The order went through on the first try.

What were you thinking?

Was thinking, warm up car at 5:45AM, drive to front desk at 5:50AM, be the first one inside when the desk opens at 6:00AM, and order the new iPhone 11 Pro Max.

What was i thinking?

That’s what i was thinking.

And, “this is perfect”.

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Trailheads and Oldheads

8:25 AM yesterday.

Trailheads and Oldheads.

Oldheads is a phrase we used as teenagers in the ‘70’s to describe older people.

The negative connotation is that they are closed-minded.

Trailheads can be closed-minded if you take the well worn paths.

Yesterday’s trailhead looked like a “keep out” or “enter at your own risk” sign.

Perfect.

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