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Article Title:
A View from the Mountain

Article Description:
For the last seven or eight years I have enjoyed a recreational 
activity that gives me exercise and satisfies my longing to be in 
nature. When I Mountain Bike I feel exhilarated, refreshed and 
proud of myself...

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A View from the Mountain
Copyright © 2006 Mark Susnow
Inspire Possibility

For the last seven or eight years I have enjoyed a recreational 
activity that gives me exercise and satisfies my longing to be in 
nature. When I Mountain Bike I feel exhilarated, refreshed and 
proud of myself. Putting on my biking clothes, oiling my bike and 
riding down the street are the beginning of a ritual that has 
evolved over time. Within 10 minutes I am immersed in nature on 
the trails of Mt Tam. After all these years I know them pretty 
well. As I am riding I enjoy the wildlife, the majestic redwoods, 
the flowing streams, and am transported to a different world that 
allows me the opportunity to leave behind all of my worldly 
concerns. As part of this ritual I end my ride at the health food 
store and enjoy a healthy drink.

On this day I ran into my young friend Bobby. Bobby is an avid 
rider who rides his bike daily to the college but isn't that 
familiar with some of the trails on the mountain. I offered to 
show him some of my favorites. But soon after we set a date for 
our ride I started thinking about what trails I could show him 
that would be challenging enough for him but not too challenging 
for me. I was concerned because I knew Bobby had a lot more 
energy than me and I would be stretched out of my comfort zone.

A few days later we started on our ride. In the beginning we rode 
on a familiar trail that was part of my usual loop. And then I 
knew it was time to leave my comfort zone and ride higher. As I 
looked up I knew that it was going to be more difficult than what 
I was used to and I wondered if I could do it. I estimated the 
incline to be 25-30 degrees at its steepest.

   "Each morning is like being reborn. I get another chance to be 
    the best me I can be." --- anonymous

It's amazing how changing our thinking changes our experience of 
almost everything. Let me share with you my thought process that 
changed my thinking. I knew that the steepest part of the climb 
was in the beginning. As I started climbing my focus shifted from 
the top of the ridge and how difficult the climb might be to what 
was immediately in front of me. And what is amazing is that in 
the 2 or 3 yards in front of me I did not notice any degree of 
slope even though I knew there had to be some. As I continued the 
climb in this manner I was able to maintain my energy and when I 
looked ahead I was almost at the top of the ridge .

Because I was able to climb higher than before I was able to see 
things for the first time. The view had always been there but I 
had never noticed it. As I experienced the panaramic view from 
each higher ridge I felt the interconnectedness of my 
surroundings. An interconnectedness that was always there even if 
you didn't see it. As I reached the pinnacle I was able to see 
for miles in every direction. Were it not for my change in 
thinking and sense of adventure I would have stopped miles ago 
and would not have experienced this view from the mountain. 
Perhaps the biggest regret that people have is that they didn't 
risk enough. Certainly that had been true for me.

   "You have to move up to another level of thinking, which is 
    true for me and everybody else. Everybody has to learn to 
    think differently, bigger, to be open to possibilities." 
    --- Oprah Winfrey

And that's the way our lives are. As we expand our belief in self 
we expand our sense of what is possible. As our sense as to what 
is possible is expanded we are more willing to get out of our 
comfort zone and expand our sense of adventure. And that sense of 
adventure is not just in trying new things. It's also in allowing 
ourselves to open our hearts and risk feeling more. And that is 
when we feel most engaged and fulfilled.

I am sure that you have your own mountain to climb. What shift in 
thinking will embolden you to climb this mountain and what will 
you need to do differently? I have found that sometimes little 
things that seemed insignificant can have tremendous impact in my 
life. If you make these little changes consistently you will see 
a dramatic difference in the quality of your life. Imagine what 
it would be like if you did something new or different everyday. 
It could be as simple as taking a different route to work, 
getting up earlier and meditating or listening to some new music. 
As you make these changes on a regular basis you will notice that 
your sense of what is possible keeps expanding and evolving.

As the view from the mountain keeps expanding I have a greater 
sense that we are all interconnected. With each passing year I am 
blessed to share the journey with many more like minded 
travelers. Thank you for expanding our circle by forwarding this 
letter to those in your circle. The internet has been 
instrumental in connecting us with other like minded people all 
over the world. Letters on Life is now translated into three 
languages and last month people from 70 countries visited

Journey On

(415) 453-5016

Mark Susnow has a unique background. Formerly a successful trial 
attorney for 30 years, as well as musician, he integrates what it
takes to be truly prosperous in the world with the inner wisdom 
unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation practice. 
As a personal coach, leadership consultant and inspirational 
speaker, Mark provides inspiration and motivation to many 
business leaders and professionals. He knows what it means to 
have a big vision and has demonstrated the courage and energy 
it takes to accomplish it. Consider contacting Mark and be 
sure to visit his website



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