We Have Seen, and Know

My grandfather was the primary male influence in my life growing up. Many facets of my character can be directly traced back to him and his benevolent influence.Grandpa was born in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1918. Growing up in the Alps and serving in the Swiss army, he was an avid hiker and loved hiking to many idyllic alpine meadows. Even after immigrating to America, he frequently hiked the Rocky Mountains of Utah and Wyoming.

One of his long-time hiking friends spoke at his funeral in 2009. One aspect of his remarks struck me so much that I captured the reference on my smartphone and found the quote at my first opportunity. It’s from Rene Daumal, a French poet:

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

We had a fantastic convention in January, and our Spring Forward! Regional Events are coming up in April. I love the energy and interaction of meetings like these, and even less formal gatherings. They provide needed recharging and serve as powerful catalysts for Market Partners and the corporate team alike. They help us see!

Yes, events end, and we “have to come down again.” Thankfully, “the memory of what one saw higher up” stays with us, and because we know MONAT is the right place at the right time, we move ahead with determination. Anyone who has attended one of our events will agree that after “seeing”—after catching the vision of what MONAT is all about—they conduct themselves differently. That’s the real power of events. Tap that power in your business—help your Market Partners understand the importance of events.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your Market Partners at our amazing events this April!

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Jason Russell
Director of Communications

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