Few people can perform the slacklining (a sister to tight-rope walking) stunts that Faith Dickey attempts. Here she walks across a rope suspended between two moving semis, with a time limit. She has to make it across before the trucks enter a tunnel, and her line snaps.
Faith walks the line, two people drive the trucks, a third coordinates the whole operation, there’s a crew of riggers to set it up, and a doctor stands by in an ambulance. And don’t forget the cameraman hanging out of the helicopter, capturing the moment so we can all see. Breathtaking feats don’t just happen. They are caused to happen by unstoppable leaders and incredible teams.
“Attention is not the same thing as concentration. Concentration is exclusion; attention, which is total awareness, excludes nothing. It seems to me that most of us are not aware, not only of what we are talking about but of our environment, the colours around us, the people, the shape of the trees, the clouds, the movement of water. Perhaps it is because we are so concerned with ourselves, with our own petty little problems, our own ideas, our own pleasures, pursuits and ambitions that we are not objectively aware. And yet we talk a great deal about awareness.
Once in India I was travelling in a car. There was a chauffeur driving and I was sitting beside him. There were three gentlemen behind discussing awareness very intently and asking me questions about awareness, and unfortunately at that moment the driver was looking somewhere else and he ran over a goat, and the three gentlemen were still discussing awareness—totally unaware that they had run over a goat.”
The only honest ones of this world are the ones who tell it like it is. They tell it straight. There is no sugar coating. There is only the dagger, stabbing you in the front. But if you’re honest with yourself, that dagger is what you need. For it is cutting out the cancer of the ego.
If someone stabs you in the front, thank them for helping you get over yourself.