#113Aug 07, 2023
Welcome to Whisper #113.
More paradoxical lessons (reminders) from the OT
Last week I wrote about some paradoxical lessons (reminders) I experienced during a trek in Tasmania with mates.
For previous context read Weekly Whispers #112.
#WHISPER - DON’T GO ALONE YET GO AT YOUR OWN PACE
Everyone needs support on their journey at some stage. The old adage was true for our trip – go alone you’ll go fast, go together you’ll go slower but further. When I was at the back of the walking pack it was very hard to catch up, but every now and then the group would pause and wait. That made it feel like I wasn’t on my own.
However, when I was on my own it allowed me to go at my own pace. I could take in certain views or bathe in my surroundings as I wished. Knowing the group were ahead and they’d wait, helped me take in my surroundings. Going at my own pace allowed me to be more present.
Who’s in your ‘tribe’ and do you own your ‘pace’ within the tribe?
#WHISPER - IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT DON’T GO YET JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SEE IT SHOULDN’T STOP YOU FROM GOING
This is one to get your head around!
Cradle mountain summit was a planned off-track hike for our first day. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather we were advised “If you can’t see the summit, don’t go”. Sound advice given the circumstances so we skipped the summit climb.
We couldn’t see it so we didn’t go.
Mount Ossa is the highest peak in Tasmania and we planned another summit hike on Day 4. The weather was better but the summit was blind to us due to some false summits. This time we choose to make our way through boulders and rocks to the summit.
We couldn’t see it but we went anyway.
#WHISPER - BE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FORGED A PATH BEFORE YOU YET YOU HAVE TO FORGE YOUR OWN PATH ON THE WAY
It’s impossible to imagine what the first OT trekkers had to endure to complete the trek. Uncharted climbs, bogs and stuff. There’s been many improvements over the years, e.g. the walking decks, that allowed us to easily cross marshy territory.
However, there were many occasions when the path was uncrossable so we had to make our own way, create our own detours etc
Who has paved the way so you can go further?
Catch up on Episode 75 before next week's new release
In Episode 75 Pete chats to another Pete – Pete Lawson, a livestock farmer based in country NSW. They met through a mutual friend and connected whilst completing the Overland Track in Tasmania.
What was intriguing about Pete’s story is the framework he was introduced to as a 19-year-old that he has used in setting and delivering on his goals ever since – not just for himself but his entire family! It’s a practical take on the "Know, Do, Be" goal-setting framework in which they chat about on-farm and off-farm assets; caring for the landscape beyond his tenure; and what sort of person he wanted to be and how that’s evolved.
It's a great example of the practical and genuine application of a theoretical framework that Pete wasn’t aware he was following. Tune in to hear some real-life examples of how you can bring it to life.
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