A favorite motto of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was: "Do small things with great love."
But the "small things" she did so captivated the world that she was showered with honorary degrees and other awards, almost universally praised by the media and sought out by popes, presidents, philanthropists and other figures of wealth and influence.
The Alpine Tower is a rite of passage. The name alone strikes fear in the hearts of student campers.
In 2012 I chaperoned 17 students on their Camp Lakewood adventure. The students stood at the base of the tower and stared at the 50-foot vertical structure.
The most athletic boys had the greatest mental challenge. They silently assessed the tower from all angles. They categorized the ropes and swapped notes. Taking the easiest way up would look bad. They had images to uphold. But choosing the most difficult way up might mean not making it at all. That would be tragic.