HORSESHOES (the intro and opening of the new book by Gary Guller and I)
Survival alone doesn’t define us. It’s what we learn from the experience that does.
We stumble. We fall. We risk. We fail.
We rise again.
We innovate. We persevere. We inspire. We conquer.
Such is the human condition. We choose between two paths in each interconnected moment. One path leads upward, forever upward. The other leads to ambivalence. Eventually to mediocrity. Then to irrelevance.
Most of us will never summit Mt. Everest. We’ll not endure the blurry fog of oxygen deprivation in a place holding the ultimate consequence as reward for a misstep.
We’ll not dig our crampons into the base of Hillary Step, with full knowledge that death awaits below us. We’ll not have the realization that those before us who successfully navigated The Step and summited had the benefit of using two hands to secure themselves with. That an already technically difficult climb becomes highly improbable when facing it with only one arm.
We’ll not make an unimaginable sacrifice of ourselves. We’ll not watch others in our journey pass away before us or next to us as a direct consequence of the quest.
But we all climb our own Everest.
The toughest problems we’ve faced and overcome define our capacity of strength. They represent the “edge” – a place we know we can take ourselves without fear of falling hopelessly over.
If our roles never required us to go beyond the “known edge,” this book may be just an interesting and entertaining adventure read.
It’s intended to be much more.
The story of Gary Guller is inspiring and empowering. It’s flawed and imperfect. It’s full of feats and of follies, of passions and of addictions. In its narrative we learn to lift up […]