Four years ago, my partner and I trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. We intended to start from a tiny Himalayan village called Jiri. What's interesting about Jiri is that we never actually made it there. On our way, while our bus was crossing a mountainside, we got caught in a heavy rainstorm. As it zigzagged back and forth between narrow switchbacks, the bus got stuck in the mud and hung precariously close to the edge. Fearing for our lives, we got off the bus and wound up spending the night with an elderly couple in their cliff-side shack.
To me, Jiri symbolizes the unexpected changes that life throws at us, and the need to be agile in our responses in order to overcome and thrive. That agility is a trait that I always want to keep sight of in my work!