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[at-l] I'm off to the mountains...
- Subject: [at-l] I'm off to the mountains...
- From: Bror8588 at aol.com (Bror8588@aol.com)
- Date: Thu Apr 14 07:43:28 2005
In a message dated 4/14/2005 7:17:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Hammer had a heart attack last year on his way to The Gathering, and I
suddenly realized... there may be no next year. So I'm hauling my butt
This is a good thing that you are doing Jan. Whenever a group forms there
will be a time when the membership of that group will change. New members
will join and some in the group will take the Big Hike to "who knows where."
None of us have been to "who knows where" but one day we all will go. The Big
Hike is in our future. Before we go ourselves, and before the others go
(whom we know) it is good to take time to be with them. Each of us enrich one
another by our actions, our words, and even our silent sitting. Our presence
can also come through conveying our thoughts via e-mail or on paper. Little
notes can be very meaningful.
When I hike with friends (and most of my friends are over 65 yoa) I look up
the trail and see them ahead of me and it is a comfortable feeling to know
that they are there. At rest stops as we share a snack or talk about the trail
(or even about topics considered verboten by some) there is an exchange that
takes place. We take something from the experience and we give something of
ourselves. As we hike on we carry something (information, knowledge,
awareness) that we did not have before the exchange took place.
If we look around us and see the many who are a part of our lives we cannot
help but be blessed, feel pride, approach greatness, or feel "strangely
warmed" (Wesley's words) because of those we have met along the way. If friends
can help each other along the path of life then those enriched by that
presence will grow into significant others who become true friends. One will have a
difficult time being lonely when friends are along on the journey.
Separated by miles or just ahead on the trail -- the other is there and we are
conscious of their presence. Something within stirs us into action -- telephone,
e-mail, a shared trip, a visit, or a hike in the woods -- and out thoughts
turn to them rather than on our own predicaments of life.
Enjoy the mountains!