Learn and Love
In June of last year – 2010, I determined to write six articles based on my experience of trekking to Mt. Everest. I wrote two of those blogs and then got blindsided. Forty of us (mostly USANA distributors) embarked on the Everest quest and although we had a group of incredible guides and sherpas that helped us every step of the way, there was a young man who stood out. My guess is, he was everyone’s favorite: Prakesh – the one with the ready smile, the encouraging word, the stories about his sons and dreams for his future.
During the USANA convention in August, we got word Prakesh – along with thirteen others who were planning to trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp – had perished in a tragic plane crash on the mountain. We were devastated. How could such a bright light be extinguished so soon?
We all mourn in different ways. Although I’d only known Prakesh a couple weeks, I felt I’d lost a dear friend. In addition, the peril of the mountain became more real to me than when I trekked in its shadow. That could have been us! I went from wanting to talk and write about my Everest experiences non-stop…to quiet reflection.
It’s now time to continue what I started. Throughout 2011 I will finish the series of six articles I originally outlined; the lessons I learned on our epic adventure. This blog, however, will most likely contain the most important of the lessons.
I believe when all is said and done, what matters most will be how we answer two critical questions:
Did you learn?
And even more importantly…
Did you love?
Every time I see a picture of Prakesh I stop to reflect on mortality’s fleeting nature. Once again I’ve been reminded that in the pursuit of all that’s possible in our industry, what I believe we’ll ultimately take with us are the memories we make and the lessons we learn.
At the beginning of each year I set my intentions. They’re listed on the front flap of my daily planner and have included many things…ranks I plan to reach, financial benchmarks, the number of books I intend to read, places I’m going to visit, items to be crossed off my bucket list, etc.
This year my intention is simply: Express Love Daily.
Thank you Prakesh, my friend, for the most valuable lesson learned on my trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp.