Not for the view. The fresh air. The bragging rights. Not even for your health. Nope. Climb that mountain because it’s hard, and there’s magic in the effort.
What We Value…
We all know that significant, sustained, consistent effort in pursuit of a goal leads to success. No exceptions. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. So we value the product – the result – of our work. Yes. But not nearly as much as the process. As they say…
“Worry more about the manner in which you are traveling, and you won’t have to worry so much about where you’re headed.”
The Narrows requires our best effort, every time.
We deal honestly in everything we do in The Narrows because we know that life beyond it is even more unforgiving. Do some people, here, and beyond, get away with things? Do they do the wrong thing and nobody catches them? Yep.
But The Guide urges you to consider your future and understand that the things we do today, here, now…all of them add up to something. And that something is our future. What kind of future do you want, Visitor? One built on deceit and cleverness? Or a future founded on strong principles, on being truthful – to ourselves, and others – and on doing what’s right. Always. We both know the answer to that.
As with every great effort, making your way through The Narrows is hard, and going it alone is not the answer. Seek out ways to offer help, support, encouragement and kindness to your fellow wanderers. They may not always seem like they need it, or come right out and ask, but generosity doesn’t require an invitation. It often shows up, unannounced, willing…and with a smile.
A life of service…now that’s something we can build on.
A Willing Posture
Carelessness in The Narrows can be a very dangerous thing, Visitor. But so can apathy. Every great thing ever done, or achieved, started with a willingness to try. In The Narrows, you’re encouraged to take risks. To attempt adventures you may not be sure you can handle. This is the only path to growth.
As our 26th President suggested, it’s far better to “fail while daring greatly”, than to sit on the sidelines, knowing neither victory nor defeat.
This way of teaching, and learning, requires a leap. Habit and institutionalized norms are difficult to give up on, no doubt. But if we can press pause for just a minute, and look objectively at what traditional high schools perpetuate, where’s the value? Don’t get me wrong, there’s tons of value in public high schools. But I don’t think it’s the stuff that seems to be most highly valued on the surface.
The Narrows, then, is my way of acknowledging that growth requires change. That doing what we’ve always done is not reason enough to keep on doing it. That our young people deserve our relentless tinkering as we move toward a different model of education. Like the trail that bears it’s name, The Narrows is risky, but the potential reward is worth every bit of that risk. And then some.
Hello Visitor. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve come to the right place. The Weekly Expeditions are found here, and it’s important to understand that there is no higher priority for you than to ensure you’re joining these expeditions first thing Monday morning…and every day thereafter (opportunities for exploration will be added daily). This front page will always have a link to the current Expedition, so lace up those boots, friend, and let’s see where the path takes us.
If you’ve managed to lose the trail, search through previous weeks’ posts (an archive of the ‘Weeklies’ can be found here) and you’ll find what you need. Your fellow wanderers can also be of help – serving others is, after all, the surest way to serve ourselves. If you’re truly lost, ask The Guide.