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Aug 23, 2023 | Conscious Leadership, Daily Trek

Close Calls - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Embracing Life’s Close Calls

Life is full of close calls. These near-misses guide us to look at our healthier selves and teach us to value love and imperfection. They also help us connect with others and see the world as a larger community.

Recognizing life’s opportunities is what keeps us real. We might meet people who don’t like to question everything. It’s natural to ask why. What voice inside tells us we have to feel a certain way? Life doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all package, and that’s what makes it so interesting.

Being present in life means being thankful for our discomfort and our ability to question things. It takes us beyond the now, beyond the hurried pace of today’s world.

Take Tim’s journey, for example. Despite a doctor telling him he had three years to live, Tim didn’t accept that verdict. With the support of his community, he questioned that outlook and explored other opportunities. His trek for a new lease on life is about more than just himself; it is about helping and connecting others.

Similarly, when technology like AI is applied to understanding relationships and collaboration, it becomes a valuable tool. It leads us to think of life as a connection between people, nature, and all that surrounds us. We are at the start of many discoveries that present us with opportunities and close calls that teach us valuable lessons.

It’s fine to think about grand ideas and philosophies, but what really counts is putting those ideas into practice. That’s where true value and change happen.

A Journey of Connection, Community, and Gratitude

This understanding isn’t just for machines. Those involved in AI research need hands-on experience. Planting forest gardens, restoring rivers, building solid foundations, and connecting with nature all contribute to a deeper, more relational understanding of the world.

Life’s journey isn’t about escaping or seeking an unattainable ideal. It’s about embracing the extraordinary in the ordinary and the beautiful imperfections in ourselves and our world.

Life’s path is determined by our choices today. We can continue down a road marked by inequality and strife, extracting resources without thought for the future. Or, we can turn towards a path that embraces abundant, earth-based living. We can build communities that support and regenerate, where technology and nature intertwine in harmony. By connecting with ancient wisdom, we are guided into a future where everyone can thrive.

Together with the reflections on Tim’s path, embracing imperfections, and nurturing connections, the opportunity is the essence of living in gratitude. It calls us to recognize and embrace the opportunities for growth, love, and mutual support that life offers.

So, can we live in gratitude today, just a little more than yesterday? Are we able to cherish the close calls, joys, and struggles, recognizing them as lessons and possibilities? The path might be rough, but it’s filled with potential and beautiful imperfections that make it all exciting. Our choices now shape the path, and there are questions and clarity to explore in every step.

You know yourself better than anyone else. Make sure to look after yourself and find the lightness (which might just  be tomorrow’s trek …)

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