Wednesday morning at 5am we loaded the car to beat the LA traffic to start our journey for our Arizona Thanksgiving holiday weekend. My husband’s parents were joining my family’s festivities and flew into Phoenix where we scooped them up and headed to my aunt and uncle’s house in Payson, Arizona.
Payson is a beautiful town the in the mountains in the middle of the Tonto National Forest. The gated community they reside in is filled with camouflaged log mansions and an 18-hole, par-72 golf course masterpiece designed by former U.S. Open and PGA Champion David Graham.
As much celebration happened this year in all of our families, each side also experienced great loss. I could feel that we all were in the need of some quality family time. So I decided that this holiday I would completely unplug from the outside world and give 100% of my attention and truly be in the moment with my family. To be honest this is something that I had never done before. Some moments I felt it was like mediating. Any time I felt the need to check out, disconnect from the group, or have old triggers get the best of me I would just bring my attention back to the space and to the people that surrounded me. And I have to say this was one of the best holiday weekends I have had in many many years.
Each week I see the effects of this course in areas of life that surprise me. I am handling situations differently and I am starting to enjoy again what life is truly about.
I am grateful that we were all able to escape our jobs, have the flexibility to travel and spend time truly connecting. I don’t have much to say this week, but I am thankful for the family that is still alive and I am thankful to the ones who have passed who still fill my heart. PEACE.