So fellow travelers, as I mentioned yesterday I am on an extended weekend trip visiting friends.
Dawn at a rest stop
Taking a few days for myself at the end of the school year is something I’ve been doing for several years. Whether I camp at a favorite spot or take a quick road trip it’s my way of hitting the reset button. When I return home I am ready to tackle the substantial list of to do items which has accumulated during the school year. Yes, July and August are two reasons I love my job at our local high school.
For the past few years I’ve attended a bi-annual event where a growing number of people from a creative group gathered. Often we were meeting in person for the first time, yet it felt as if we had known each other for ages. That’s a tribute to what can happen when people are given a space to be open, honest and genuinely themselves.
There were of course the elements of darkness, which we all know are part of us, an inevitable piece of our flawed human condition. Over time the group fractured when the shadows grew too menacing and real to be ignored. My decision to leave came only after I had taken time to process my feelings and I was clear my reasons were a core decision not a reactive response.
Thankfully the friendships formed have remained intact, at least for me and several of those friendships are the reason I attended part of the events this past weekend. I meet with several of my friends for either lunch or dinner, wandered quiet nature spots and purchased beautiful treasures at the event’s art show. I was blessed to hear one friend give an inspirational sermon on Sunday morning and another read poetry from her book published just last year.
Yet there were echoes from memories of those I missed. “There are ghosts here ” one friend said to me. Indeed. I knew there would be, which was why I went.
I went to meet those ghosts and make peace with what was both lost and gained. I was there because I believed connections forged from truth cannot be destroyed by lies. I stood knowing my faith in Light is stronger than my fear of darkness. Finally, I left thankful for the lessons learned and willing to let the ghosts be. They taught me well.
Walk gently on the path my friends and may adventure find you ready.