We've all heard the expression from Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living. Anyone can pay lip service to that expression, share it as a meme on Facebook, then return to mind-numbing cat videos. We are so distracted and addicted to technology that it's difficult to find sufficient peace and quiet to meaningfully reflect.
When you go outdoors, whether it's a walk in the park, hike, camping trip or visit to the beach or lake, you are less likely to have your nose in an electronic device. When we are in nature, we're in the moment. This is known as "mindfulness."
This is one of the reasons I look forward to our annual camping trip in Sequoia National Park. I'm in the moment all week, focusing on things like the meal I'm making, the meal I'm cleaning up, keeping food away from bears, the sounds of the lake, separating feuding children, whether I should kayak now or in an hour, etc. One of my favorite traditions is to walk down the trail to Hume Lake around 10:00 p.m., recline my beach chair and gaze at the stars. You have an unparalleled view of the Milky Way, can see satellites in orbit and are guaranteed to catch some shooting stars. You can't help but ponder your existence and place in the universe.
This trip becomes increasingly important to me with each passing year. When I'm out in nature, especially when I'm in the sequoias, I gain perspective and reflect upon my life in ways that never happen at home. All the noise and clutter is gone and the senses are heightened. I take stock of the previous year: my growth, successes, failures and lessons. I recalibrate my priorities and direction, and descend the mountain with renewed focus. That is what reflecting on life means to me. My capacity for self-reflection enhances my ability to ask meaningful questions of you during the interview process.
During our last trip to the sequoias we took a ton of photos we are excited to incorporate into this project. The pic above is one of them. My wife Nicole took this photo at dusk, when there wasn't a soul on the water. Perfect reflections sure can make one reflective. I will be sharing these photos, with the thoughts they inspire, in the coming weeks.
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Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.