There’s an old saying that “a rolling stone gathers no moss”. Arguably, there could be a Nordic equivalent to this, by saying that a flowing stream does not freeze and perhaps there indeed is one, but I have not just ran into it yet.
This photo I took earlier today, reminded me of the aforementioned sayings and how they apply to both nature, business or any private life issue, for that matter. One should always try to strive forward and of course this is easier said than done, but if one reminds himself of this at least weekly, if not daily, it can slowly become embedded into our self-image. Seeing oneself as one who always goes forward, develops and adapts to new challenges will help to not perhaps gets so easily stuck in routines and habits. Routines and habits which could arguably not always be for the better, when thinking in a business sense. At every turn (easier said than done yet again) one should ask oneself “how can I push myself further? How can we make something that’s “good” into something that’s “great”? By trying to do this, one can avoid becoming the moss covered rock or, if looking at the picture, the water that has frozen still.
A picture from a stroll through my hometown
Unlike Austria, Switzerland or even Norway, Finland is not known for its mountains. We do still have our fair share or hills, which play home to numerous ski resorts, big and small. I grew up 20 kilometers from a decent sized ski resort (on a Finland scale) and when I retired from the great sport of hockey (at least momentarily) around the age of 14, I switched to skiing. I mostly hung out with friends who were snowboarders and rather good at actually doing some tricks on the slopes. Now, I myself, have never been a dare devil, nor acrobatically gifted, for that matter, thus for me it was more natural to pick up a camera and start filming my friends. I used to film a lot, doing seasonal edits of the shenanigans that we did on and off the slopes with our friends. However, as I moved to Helsinki in 2009, I moved further away also from my friends and our home resort. I did still film our trips to lapland, but the amounts of moments caught on tape decreased steadily. I do still film snowboarding now and again, but I’ve really developed an interest for still photography, which is why I really enjoyed skiing with my friends this weekend, when visiting home, because I had the chance to also take a few spring pictures on the slopes. Mothernature treated us like royalty and the weather couldn’t have been better. The sun was shining, it was warm and this all was topped up with a few cold ones and a bonfire break here and there to roast a few sausages – it was great! My camera enjoyed the weather as well and I was able to grab a few nice pics (see below). Seeing that I nowadays mostly take pictures in a city setup, it was awesome to have the chance to take pictures with a snowy hill in the background – not to mention being able to spend the rare quality time with my old friends and enjoy a day at the resort, just like old times.