A Letter to My Daughter Leah About Climbing Volcanoes – written by Gary S. Smolker

Friday, April 4, 2014
Leah,
Giving full attention to anything – or anyone – is very rare.
Obviously, you paid full attention to climbing a volcano.By reading what you have written on your blog about your climbs — from a perspective of introspection and reflection — we learn the benefit to you of climbing volcanoes is doing so requires you to push yourself, requires you to go past the point of what is comfortable.

I love the expression “sweated and breathed like a dragon.”

You live boldly and fully.  I admire that.

Some thoughts:

The only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough.  Nothing else really counts at all. – Ted Hughes

Whomever remains unmoved, whoever cannot contemplate or know the deep shudder of their soul in enchantment, might as well be dead for he has already closed his eyes upon life. – Albert Einstein

People who read your “Fumbler’s Guide to Climbing Volcanoes” — your account of your personal transformation as a result of a journey through challenges, ordeals and wrong turns to a place of wisdom – will have something stirred in their souls that  transcends words and time.
Another thought:
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale.  The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it.  It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.  – Alan Watts
As a result of maintaining your sense of wonder:

  • You enable yourself to live life fully.
  • You are fully awake.
  • You enable yourself to see your own life as part of a larger narrative.
  • You are building the strength necessary to pay full attention to a passing cloud, a tree, and everything else in the world around you. 
  • You widen the boundaries of our beings.
It is people like you who increase the scope and scale of human consciousness, who elicit our curiosity about the nature of the universe and all we don’t know yet.
Have you ever wondered, “Who Lives, Who Dies in Life Threatening Situations and Why?”
The survivors are those attuned to the wonder of the world.

They are the ones able to find opportunity in any situation.
The appreciation of beauty, the feeling of awe, opens the senses.
Survivors take great joy from even the smallest success.
I love Rumi’s sentiment:  The great opportunity is where you are. 
Every space is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.  Today is such a day. – Rumi
I love your spiritual infrastructure and inner resilience. 
I am happy that you are connected to who you truly are.
You are on the right path.
Love,
Dad
—–Original Message—–
From: Leah Smolker <
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>;
Sent: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 1:54 am
Subject: Volcano Climbing Blog Update

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

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