48 hours packed to the rim with time. Giggles, tears, joy; hearts spilling at the feet of friends. Although disguised by the title of “Weekend with the Girls”, God and Aspens had healing in mind.
We all attended with the idea of rest-don’t we all want that in a vacation? With rest comes thoughtful introspection. A buck on his morning route can suddenly make you consider your place in the world. Visiting a place like Bishop’s Castle offers the pondering, “What can I build?” Witnessing a sunrise can force you to cry for joy at a new day, and release tears for the sorrows of yesterday.
Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it well in this passage from his “Spiritual Laws”:
“A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us that a higher law than that of our will regulates events; that our painful labors are unnecessary and fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience we become divine.
Belief and love — a believing love will relieve us of a vast load of care. O my brothers, God exists. There is a soul at the center of nature and over the will of every man, so that none of us can wrong the universe.
The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word.
Why need you choose so painfully your place and occupation and associates and modes of action and of entertainment? Certainly there is a possible right for you that precludes the need of balance and willful election. For you there is a reality, a fit place and congenial duties. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.”
Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom…and you are impelled to a perfect contentment. WOW.
One night during our mountain stay, we participated in a group art project. We drew numbers, then attacked the canvas with our own perspectives. As we took turns we watched on, in awe of our comrades and their unique designs.
Emily asked us all for a word that described the weekend for us. “Unforgettable”, “fulfilling”, “freedom”, “rejuvenation”, “loving”, “awe-inspiring”, “unity” and “pieces” were all part of the Colorado experience. My husband asked me why I said “pieces”, and I said, “Because we are all pieces that make a whole. Some of us were going to pieces that weekend. Others were searching for their missing pieces.”
Our finished project reflected each of us as individuals, but the very time, space and consideration we shared resulted in a cohesive piece.