Rocks of a couple types

I recently had a conversation with a former mentor, someone who I still admire deeply.  We chatted about many things but one in particular stands out.  He said that one of the things he’s learned over his career is to try, to strive, to only associate and be around people who strive themselves for personal excellence.   It may sound like Type A but it’s not.  He means that no matter the physical, economic, or circumstantial place a person is in, if they are trying to be their best, then that’s what he finds compelling and is the energy he wants to be around.  In my opinion, there aren’t many more noble pursuits in life.

That sort of energy reminds me of what I think is the most profound scene in the movie 127 Hours.  It’s not when Aron Ralston (James Franco) snips away his dead arm, although that is both a grotesque and fascinating scene.  No, it’s the next one where he stumbles across the desert seeking help.  The entire movie is good, great actually, but that final segment of him needing to find assistance or if he fails then the entire struggle will be pointless… that made it for me.  The guy could’ve given up after 96 hours, maybe even 72.  Heck, he didn’t even give up after 127 hours when he had nothing but the brilliant beauty of multi-hued rock for miles around.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

One Response to Rocks of a couple types

  1. Ken Anderson says:

    YES – of acquaintances, my yoga teacher used to say “avoid negative karma”

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