Recently I was gifted with a trip to Lexington MA to visit a dear friend and her family. I expected the trip to be a wonderful reconnection with Paula, whom I have known for almost thirty years… and it was that. What I did not expect was a complete reconnection with myself and a part of me that often goes unexpressed in day to day family life.
I am wanderer, an adventurer. It gives me life energy to go new places and witness new things – meet people I’ve never met and see me in their eyes, in their experiences. There was so much opportunity on this trip for me to refresh and re-energize my love for living: reading and singing with children, engaging in challenging conversations with adults, listening to great music and taking in beautiful art in all forms.
The highlight for me of the “tour” part of my vacation however, (among the history and the architecture and the stories of well known authors and politicians and military men from ages past) was a trip to Crane Beach. I was enthralled by this natural beauty and her ability to hold my heart in her white sands and changing waters.
I don’t know if it is the same for all of us but I suspect that stepping away from one’s day to day life is bound to bring some perspective to most of us. I could not help but see things anew when I was standing barefoot, for the first time, in the cold (but not unbearable) waters of the Atlantic Ocean in early December. An awareness of all that I have and all that is to come, provoked a response in me that could only be described as pure joy.
I hope, in the days to come, you can find moments in your life to be outside of the hustle and bustle (or even to be inside of it) connected to something calm and powerful and life giving.
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