In my last issue of Monday Morning Mojo, I suggested this weekly missive may be at the end. But, wait!

The response I received was off the charts. 48 people wrote to me and an additional 37 simply clicked the don’t stop button. The notes I received ranged from, “Ok. Just don’t stop camping with your dog.” to “Noooooooooooooo!”

I learned a lot from the people who wrote in. One thing is clear, people are reading Monday Morning Mojo and they appreciate it. I found it super motivating to continue. So, for now, MMM continues to be a go!

I headed out to the woods yesterday with my canine companion, Sita, to do some introspection. I have taken on two very large projects and I wanted to feel good about where I stand with them, to get my inner game on. I knew I needed a dose of wilderness, so up to Catoctin Mountain Park we went. If you know the area we were very close to Hog Rock.

Along the way I was listening to the philosopher, Ken Wilber. He was telling a fictional story about 10 zen masters, each of whom has achieved total enlightenment. He asked the listener to imagine them sitting around a table. He said that although each of them had achieved a relationship with total emptiness, each had different life experiences. He said something along the lines of “The 10 zen masters sitting around the table have one Self and ten perspectives. There’s just no way around it. The Self is looking at the world through ten sets of eyes, each with different life experience.”

No matter where we are on life’s journey, we each have a unique constellation of life experience and interpretations of who we are and what has happened along the way. That’s what makes us individual, unique, one-of-a-kind. In my work with knowledge management, that is one of the variables to consider. In any given meeting when you look around the room there are as many different life stories as there are people. We each bring our entire life story to the table, just like the zen masters.

What interesting mix of life experience are you bringing to the table today?

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig