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I climbed Mount Pilatus near Luzern, Switzerland yesterday. It
was a long hike to around 2,100 meters above sea level. Views
and nature were stunning and cowbells rang to complement the
experience. The steepest cog railway in the world provided
rest to exhausted, but happy, legs on the way down.
My third visit to Dublin was also windy and rainy; no
surprises there even in late July. I remarked on the weather
to my taxi driver and he said:
Do you know when Noah had to build an ark because God
ordered him to do so? After Noah boarded the ark with his
family and all animals, it rained for forty days and forty nights.
Best summer we ever had.
I recently returned from sixteen days of backpacking through
Scandinavia with my wife. Although I could fill a book with
photos and tales of our adventures, I’m not sure how to do a
good summary, so I’ll just share a couple of interesting
moments and motives.
An interesting observation of an organizational resistance to
change from a Moments of Impact book:
Most of the time, not only do leaders of floundering
organizations see the bullet coming—they can’t stop talking
about it. They sit through endless presentations on the
bullet’s velocity, force, and trajectory. As it gets closer,
bullet initiatives and shield task forces pop up all over the
place. By the time the bullet arrives, everyone knows all
about it—so much so that they’re bored of the topic. Yet,
they let it hit them anyway.
I finished “Man’s Search For Meaning” by an Austrian
psychologist Viktor Frankl. He survived through several Nazi
concentration camps during World War II and in his book he
describes—from a doctors point of view—how people behaved
and coped. It is hard and depressing, but insightful read. Two
things stood out: humor and meaningfulness.
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