Perspective

by winteryder

Above Camp

Pika Glacier, Alaska Range – Italy’s Boot Icefall

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”
― René Daumal

Ice Fall

Italy’s Boot icefall

 

I climb for perspective, for a better view. Not necessarily the view from the mountain or the summit, but the perspective gained by endeavor, exertion, intentional movement.

It’s the same reason I return again and again to lifting heavy weights. In exerting myself, in choosing to fuel wisely for endeavors, in living mindfully, I find perspective. Hard-earned, hard-won, understanding arrives on the heels of ‘doing the work’.

It will change you. It will outsource your smallness, your invisibility, your heartbreak, your broken pieces, your inadequacy- it will require your full attention. It takes everything and it gives everything. The reciprocity of exertion is unparalleled. Move your body, free your mind.

Icefall

Italy’s Boot- in the icefall

 

Italy's Boot

Italy’s Boot – view from my tent at day’s end

 

Pay the price for the attitude you want.

 

“I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess.

I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;

Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:

Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.”
René Daumal

 

 

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