As a ski lift operator, my office is the mountains the resort rests on. Working the top of the Mt. Allen Tram, which was also known as the Olympic Tram, bringing athletes to the beginning of the men’s and women’s downhill start in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. At 9,313 feet above sea level, you are at the highest point a Snowbasin Resort ski lift can take you. This just so happens to be my favorite location to work.
I’m sitting at the top and the quote, “There is no Wi-Fi out here, but we promise you will not find a better connection” pops into my head. Why do I like this spot? Why do I take joy in summiting mountains? Easy, clarity.
Upon a mountain, everything is put into perspective—we truly feel small because we are small. Our trials, worries, and our lives are put into perspective of the world. There are greater things out there. We are nothing but a mere breath in this vast moment of time. We are small. We are dust, and to dust we shall return is something we are reminded of during the season of Lent.
Our life is too short live in a “small picture” frame of mind, albeit, it is not a bad things at times, but we cannot forget the “large picture” frame of mind. What is that? Honestly, it depends on the individual and their beliefs, but we are all connected to each other in some way. We all have impacts on each other. Perspective.
It can be hard breaking tunnel vision of our lives, this small picture view. A friend of mine would laugh because I always say this, “Get off the cross, we need the wood.” While it can be interpreted in many ways, perspective is key and we cannot afford to stay stuck.