Originally Posted by ssh
No, you're not reading me right, and no, I'm not saying we don't need to work on stance or balance. I just view stance/balance differently than I do (other) skills; as more foundational, I guess. However, in reading what others have written, I can certainly see how I can alter my thinking to see it similarly, and appreciate seeing ideas from different angles.
Thank you, ssh, for (1) an open, thoughtful response to SkiDude72 and (2) modeling how to respond to a post you could have taken umbrage to (but, of course, didn't have to) without escalating or name calling.
Note to EpicSki community generally: I am sometimes (often, it turns out, in connection with skiing, where my passion and enthusiasm have mostly exceeded my skill) wrong. If, however, in response to one of my posts showing even clear error in thought or understanding you call me (or anyone else) a moron, castigate my motivations, or unfairly exaggerate my position to demonstrate my ignorance, I'm probably less (not more) likely to be open to understanding your point and appreciating my error.
And in return, even if someone here does call me a moron, if I count to ten, or a hundred (or, heck, even by the vastly larger number of skiing-related stitches multiplied by ER visits and physical therapy sessions I've had--physics has, in the past, punished me for some of my goofy ideas far more painfully than a few words posted here) and take a deep breath, before I post a reply, and in that reply admit I could be wrong but clarify where I'm coming from, without castigating the prior poster for the way he made his point, then I think he'd be a bit more open to my response.
Just speaking hypothetically, you know, in case any of you have ever seen that kind of exchange happen with anyone here recently on Epic.
So if we all try to respond a bit more like ssh here, above, everyone else reading and posting here could enjoy the experience a bit more. And, really, I've got two teenagers at home. If I want a snarkfest I can set them on each other or ask who left the milk out all night...
And, just to be excruciatingly clear here, so I don't inadvertently create exactly the kind of escalation I'm trying to avoid, I don't see anything wrong with SkiDude72's post--he was expressing his own shock (quite eloquently) and posing a question--which ssh answered, moving our joint understanding along. Text arrives baldly, without context. But if we give each other the benefit of the doubt given the limitations of the medium, there's more hearing and less shouting.
End of Buddhist rant. (With apolgies to all Buddhists. I know only about as much of Buddhism--other than open heart and be here now--as I know about how many angels dance using ILEs instead of OLFs.)