Can you imagine dangling from a few thousand meters up a mountain, alone, in the middle of winter? Catherine Destivelle can. She’s one of the “most adventurous and exciting female climbers in the world today.”
When I saw her speak at the W.I.N. conference in Paris I was struck by how her laser attention to detail (a common quality of Carrot Life Lenses®, 1 of 8 lenses into how we see the world) allows her to climb mountains (Mountain Life Lens® being the opposite of a Carrot Life Lens®). The attention she pays to the smallest of details has likely saved her life on more than one occasion.
I enjoyed hearing Catherine’s stories because her Carrot Life Lens® qualities allowed her to climb mountains. Literally. In the language of the lenses, Carrot Life Lenses® and Mountain Life Lenses® lie at different ends of the same continuum.
We’re often forced into boxes that narrow our choices and limit our growth. We’re encouraged to live along straight lines with nary a curve. B always follows A. 1,2,3. Society slaps dichotomous thinking on the back with a hearty ‘yes’.
Instead we should resist this easy, seductive thinking and way of being.
Rather than ‘either / or,’ ‘black / white,’ or ‘yes / no,’ Catherine is a case of ‘and’.
Yes, and, both. Step up, climb up.
Celebrate the carrot. Celebrate the mountain.