My Mt. Everest | November 2006 Newsletter

My Mount Everest: November, 2006
Merle M. Singer, Founder



“Progress. Not perfection.”

Alex Mandossian


First of all, thank you to the 10% of you who answered my questionnaire. You represent people that I know personally – from just having met this year to knowing you your whole lifetime. Both men and women – more women. Your answers were thoughtful, thought-provoking and helpful.

Now don’t expect big changes, or maybe any changes right away. If I hadn’t said it before, the reason that I started this e-letter was as a My Mt Everest project. It was a challenge to me. When I was active in Toastmasters, the most difficult part of giving a speech, was writing it. I would write the speech and memorize the outline. But writing the speech was a bear. Yet I do have something to say; and it is unique. I can’t rely on someone else to say it for me. There’s not room in my head for anyone else but me. Writing this e-letter has simply worked wonders for the ease of writing that I feel. I even like the feel of the keys as I scurry through one word already thinking of the next few.

So here are the questions that I asked and the main things that I got out of your answers.

1. How would you describe MME e-letter?

People liked the brevity; (so do I). ‘Deep, yet entertaining’ seems to express several of you. ‘Inspirational and motivational’ were mentions a few times; that was a ‘wow’ for me.

Request for more audience participation comes up. I would like that too, but I’m not sure how to do that. Using my blog, which I am guilty of not using, requires you to go to the website, but I have built this e-letter by coming to you, via email. So I’m not sure how to handle that. Please feel free to make suggestions to me.

2. What is the most important thing that you get out of reading it?

People seemed to tap into a couple of things. Some really related to the My Mt Everest aspect -the challenging your courage. For sure this creation was floated and nourished in the amniotic sack of my courage, absolutely every ounce of courage I have.

It also meets that voyeuristic urge we all have. I am the lady in the window – daring to reveal my deepest thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities. It meets a need in me – apparently, as well as you-that you watch, that you see. What do I get out of it? Well, of course, it’s easier to tell what you get out of it – as I dare to presume to know. I think that it is comforting to know that other people (me) who are normal (though unique) and straightforward can have these thoughts and feelings that may mirror or reflect feeling you may have even though you haven’t thought them yet. As for me, what do I get out of it? I am on a journey of coming out of the closet. I was raised ‘to not wear my heart on my sleeve’. I was raised to not draw attention to myself. I was raised that they can’t hate you for being Jewish and lead you to the ovens, if they don’t even know that you are there. It is taking all this time to address this emotional disability and begin to overcome it. I have things that I need to do and I cannot let old ghosts hold me back.

3. If I were to include something that you haven’t read from me that you would like to hear about what would it be?

People said really very nice things – asking for more of the same, that the ideas had more value since they came from me, whom they trust. Now, let’s face it, that is a nice thing to say, and a very nice thing to hear. Especially since every edition is a risk for me.

This last issue about an evening with Nathan was absolutely scary. It included mi amour. It admitted that he was my love – the more I feel it, the scarier it is to say it, even allude to it. Unfortunately for my offspring, it seems to be an inheritable trait. Also, it was just a mundane evening, the non-adventure. But the greatest majority of you made specific reference to it -it was the most current story, and your comments were so overwhelmingly positive-including the single among you. Most understood it was about easy, riding the wave of the flow of your life – a smell the roses activity that refreshes you and readies you for the next challenge.

Another request: One, wonderfully hyperactive reader, suggested more adventures that can broaden the spectrum of appeal. Never would have thought of that on my own. I have kind of liked the idea of not doing physical adventures because – probably because I’m lazy. No, I think it wasn’t the fear I was focused on. But the more I think about it, the more I like the idea.

Of course, you have to understand that to me, simply traveling to Mt Everest would be enough of a challenge without even thinking of climbing it. But it’s a fun idea to put in the hopper (what is a hopper, anyway.)

Just remember, I have committed to one challenge a year and I’m already over booked. This e-letter is one, and I’ve done 3 comedy performances; that’s two. I’m preparing for another Parlor Performance. I bring my story telling ability to my singing; it sure isn’t my voice; I’m still learning to carry a tune.

Plus, I’ve told you, I volunteered as an intern on Guerrilla Marketing to the Masses and now I’m assistant project coordinator. The project uses teleseminars to create material for a Guerrilla Marketing book; trust me that is challenging my courage muscle every week.

Yep, I’m gonna come up with a physical challenge for next year, or the year after. Hey, I take my commitments seriously. Anybody want to do something with me?

4. Does it have a broader appeal than all of you? Who else/what groups would enjoy reading this?

Some mentioned the business community; that really surprises me.

My adventurer mentioned taking video and telling the story of the adventure as I live it. That’s really interesting and, no doubt about it, personally risky. Hmmm. I didn’t realize it till I said, I mean, wrote it.

Those that were more specific, mentioned young women ages 15-35. As it happens that is a favorite group. Young women will not just live through my adventures, they will make their own. But the friend that shared her story of daring to share her tears and the great response she got to it. Bungee jumping, publicly sharing tears both strengthen your courage muscle.

5. What additional question should I ask? And how would you answer it?

Has my e-letter helped you become more courageous? Love that question.

Another suggested that I ask y’all for questions that you would like me to answer. Great Idea.

Another said the question I should ask is” How can I make this into a profitable, entertaining enterprise and give a percentage to charity.” Amen, amen, amen. All in good time.

I have to say, I love the interaction with you.

Okay, I have to control my word count. Short is better.

It’s not too late for you unanswerers to become an answerer. Simply cut and paste the questions to your answer e-mail and answer the questions:

1.How would you describe MME e-letter?

2. What is the most important thing that you get out of reading it?

3. If I were to include something that you haven’t read from me that you would like to hear about what would it be?

4. Does it have a broader appeal than all of you? Who else/what groups would enjoy reading this.

5; What additional question should I ask? And how would you answer it?