Something is in the air. We are engaging in exciting conversations left and right about Vulnerability Walls, speaking opportunities, and new clients. On group calls with people I've never met, I'm being told that my vulnerability challenge is inspiring or that folks can't wait to play our new Vulnerability is Sexy game. In the last four weeks I've been friend requested on facebook by 600 new people.
Writing all that feels kind of crazy.
On a phone call today with a good friend, he reminded me about what it takes to climb Everest. It turns out that people trying to summit spend more time moving down the mountain than up. Because their bodies have to acclimate to higher altitudes they move up and down between camps many times before their big attempt.
As he shared, I realized that the way I'm showing up in the world lately is stirring up a lot of activity around me while also helping those around me determine one of several courses of action. They are being challenged to determine if they want to:
1. Summit with me.
2. Help support the camps while some of us summit.
3. Get the hell off Corey Blake mountain.
This is amazing for me to watch because we are living what I talk about every day. When we show up more boldly we create discomfort and pain in some of those around us as they ask themselves if they are in alignment with the person who is emerging.
What I appreciate is that I continue to drive forward with a sense of kindness for those who have traveled with me this far and also for myself. I am trying to focus on taking responsibility for where I am, while not overly take care of others who are managing their responses to me.
These are insanely awesome lessons and I'm feeling blessed today as I see the culmination of many years of work starting to coalesce.
Whatever paths everyone around me chooses, I know we will all be fine. And some of us are going to climb to the top of a mountain together. What a gift.