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Friday
Feb152008

Big Bang

So, it's worth sharing how, exactly, this trip to Nepal came to be.  It's a remarkable story, really.  The trip comes from a veritable confluence of many disconnected tributaries which have no business intersecting.  Except, they all do on one particular day. 

Here's how it materialized.

First.  During the past year, I've worked with colleague Chris Coyne to develop and expand Heart+Passion, our voluntourism group.  During our many discussions, include those on the most recent H+P trip to Mali, we outlined journeys we felt would create the most opportunity for personal growth.  High on the list is Nepal.  We both felt a trip to Nepal would be magical and penciled one in for October of this year.  Despite our enthusiasm, however, work on other businesses and projects overran the plan and we decided to shelve the idea indefinitely until more time became available.

Second.  In our efforts to expand the work of H+P, both Chris and I have intersected with interesting people that share the same interests.  Chris, for example, encountered the Umbrella Foundation -- a grass-roots NGO based in Kathmandu that works with conflict-displaced children -- through his charitable giving.  The US director of that organization is Bryan Van Vranken.  Cut to my world.  As I'm exploring folks that can advise me on another business venture, I learn of a sharp young guy from a friend in the web development business.  The referral I receive: Bryan Van Vranken!  When Chris introduces me to Bryan, revealing that Bryan had been guided to him through completely independent channels, I see the importance of this synchronistic connection immediately.

Third.  Being as busy as we all are, it's hard to stay in touch with everyone we love and care for.  Eventually, however, a little voice surfaces to remind us of them and to prompt us to get in touch.  As far as this story goes, that little voice said "I wonder how Adrian's doing?"  Adrian is a fellow veteran of the Dot.conomy with whom I've shared too many experiences to count.  As things cooled down in the internet space and family developments presented themselves, Adrian moved back to his native Australia.  Despite Skype and email, geography and busy lives conspired to choke our communications down to a trickle.  I was shocked to notice that it had been many months since our last exchange.  To rectify the situation, I decided one evening to put "Find Adrian" on my GTD list on Vitalist.com (a great service everyone should try, by the way!).

The Big Bang.  In the same week, (a) Chris and I decide to table the H+P Nepal journey, (b) Chris, Bryan and I merge, and (c) I put "Find Adrian" on my To-do list.   Then, the very morning after I post "Find Adrian", this email arrives in my Inbox.

From:Adrian on behalf of Adrian
Sent:Tue 2/5/2008 2:07 AM
To: Scott
Cc:
Subject: everest

My friend Marc has asked if I want to do this with him, his brother and some friends (Marc is one of my best friends from med school).


Everest Base Camp Trek


What do you think?

Adrian

The answer, of course, was self evident.  Some greater order preordained it before the email was ever sent!

As Jung pointed out, the world is filled with incredible synchronicities.  The trick is to twig them when they materialize.  Undeniably, this was one of them, I realized, and jumped on the chance to join the group, as well as infuse it with a volunteer experience from Umbrella.

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