The Practice of Slowing Down

You may not know that I am married to a mountaineer. Well, not a professional one, but you wouldn’t know that by taking inventory of his gear. I share Rob’s love for the mountains, which is why I was intrigued when I read in Monday’s Denver Post that Phil Powers, head of the American Alpine Club here in Golden, was going to be doing an essay on National Public Radio’s “This I Believe” segment.

I’m a giant fan and member of NPR and love this special series they produce. Powers’s essay was on his believe in “pace.” He said he learned from his mentor the importance of pace and “when faced with an emergency, sit down, collect yourself, make a plan.”

I can relate to this right now. My world is spinning. My business is booming. Things are changing rapidly out of necessity. I need to collect myself often and review my plan.

Artists, I’m certain, often feel the same. I invite you to read and, more importantly, listen to The Practice of Slowing Down.

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2 comments to The Practice of Slowing Down

  • I think it is hilarious that when everything was falling apart, they still climbed the mountain… We get a lot of nuts here in Canada, I remember when my brother returned from helicopter skiing- ‘how did it go?” ‘well, a couple of people lost a toe or two…'(he didn’t) I was expecting the moral to be something like, we decided to descend and try again next year…

  • Casey Klahn

    Wow, I’m a new member, here, and happy to share this coincidence with you. I’m a climber, too! Kids and the stay-at-home dad lifestyle put an end to the non-stop nature of serious mountaineering. On the upside, the void left over when I stopped that provided the extra time and energy I needed to pursue my art biz seriously. Say hello to your husband for me.