Climbing – 1968
In 2010, I met in person four people who had climbed the world’s mountains, Denali, Everest, Kilimanjaro. After four consecutive people crossed my path, I thought, “this is a sign I should climb a mountain.” So I set about imagining myself training and doing it. I obsessed about the idea. Someday. Seven years later, I have made peace with my likelihood of climbing a mountain being thiiiiiiiiisssssss small and am content to have climbed the tree stump above in my lifetime.
I will leave the mountain climbing to Sean Swarner (my daughter’s name is on that flag) and all those other inspiring and admirable folks who are called by the world’s highest peaks and survive to tell their stories.
The mountain I seem to always be climbing is understanding self, identity, purpose, and more recently my obsession with what peace means. I recently took two short forms of the Myers-Briggs personality test which I seem to feel compelled to do about once a decade. For some reason, I am always hoping something will have changed. That I will finally fall into a more populated category and be able to find my “peeps,” my tribe (not the gelatinous crusty peeps of Easter). Alas, I remain in the rarest category on the test. That’s me at the bottom. Only 1.5% of the global human population shares my personality type.
Personality Type Distribution
in the General Population
|Type||Frequency in Population|
Data source: “MBTI Manual” published by CPP
Of course, Myers-Briggs is only one way to understand how a person fits into the human species, and many of the qualities of my personality type are admirable. Just rare. Altruistic. Strong sense of ethics and justice. Always up to champion a cause. Extremely sensitive, private and complex. One male INFJ (the true rarest type on the planet) writes a post highlighting something that resonates for me – the ability to write volumes, while challenged to express oneself verbally in a similar manner.
Enough about personality and my perpetual climb to understand my world. The quote below pretty much sums up my philosophy on Easter, but whether you are celebrating with children, eggs and bunnies or watching a fresh green bud emerge, I do hope you enjoy a pause to appreciate spring. I will be enjoying deep meditation (and mud) at the Earth Sanctuary for an afternoon and will schedule a next “peace generator retreat” for a non-holiday day in June to continue with my goal of hosting these events every other month in 2017.
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
― Dalai Lama