Even though it's still early in the season and I haven't actually been out skiing, yet, it's that time of year. People are talking about it. I've spoken at a couple of event over the past week, and people are grabbing me to talk skiing. Sometimes they talk about how they tried it once but never went back. Sometimes they tell me that they love it. I discovered that one of my friends was actually a racer back in high school. Another guy fell down seven times the first time he tried it and never went back.
A lot of people don't ski. Even if you don't ever ski, though, the stories about skiing can teach you some amazing things.
Like not putting on the brakes.
Most people who learn how to ski without good modern ski instruction think that the point of making it down the hill is throwing your skis from side to side as you slide sideways down the hill. Sliding downhill with the brakes on.
Nothing can be farther from the truth.
You can, instead, use the edges of the skis to create a groove in the snow and just slide along that groove. You'll make wonderfully graceful, arcing turns. And the approach works in any kind of snow conditions with just small variations.
That's kinda like life, though.
Most people fight the push and pull of life, trying to swim upstream, fighting the current. They try to walk a straight line from point A to point B. But life doesn't work that way. There are twists and turns, obstacles and limitations. You can still get to point B, but it takes some turning.
You can follow the groove or you can fight it with the brakes.
Where's your focus?
PS Open Your Heart with Skiing is all about the metaphors for life present in skiing... and learning about each from the other. You can pick up a copy for your skiing or non-skiing friends here: http://infinitesummit.com/book.html
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