The Sherpa & the Moutain Climber

Image provided by Hanno Mackowitz

A sherpa once asked a mountain climber “Do you come here to see or to watch?” The sherpa was a member of a Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, renowned for their skill in mountaineering. The mountain climber responded, slightly confused “What do you mean?”. He was a young man, in his twenties, who already had climbed many peaks in Pakistan and Nepal. The sherpa, who had the patience of a mountain, was quiet for a little while before he responded “Many come here to watch and reach the top, but few stay to see”.

The sherpa is right. The few of us who stay for a moment are the ones that make a difference in the lives of people belonging to local communities. We stop because we know our efforts will bear fruits. Just as the sherpa, this is all we ask of you at travel2change. Get involved and aim for the top of the mountain. But don’t forget to stop to smell the flowers along the trail.

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