June 4, 2013
Dear Honey Run Friends,
I was contemplating the concept of time the other day when I decided to research its origin. After a brief investigation I was humbled and realized why I went into innkeeping rather than quantum physics. I find it fascinating that the entire world community and early civilizations all played a part in our current time tracking methods. This caused me to drift in thought and apply the question to myself; what am I doing with my time? I calculated the amount of breaths I would take if I live to the average life expectancy currently found in America would be 743,997,312. It amazes me that I will accomplish this task almost three-quarters of a billion times in my life with little or no thought on my part. I don’t wake up and think I must breathe. I certainly don’t extend any effort to do this while I am sleeping. Yet I continue to breathe in almost a clocklike fashion.
This naturally led me to wonder what I am doing with each of these breaths. Am I proud of my daily interactions with those I come in contact? Am I using this gift of breathing for something greater than myself? What do I want to accomplish before my last breath?
The answers to these questions for me are as follows; sometimes, less often than I would care to admit, I want to make a difference to as many souls as possible. These answers are hard to see in print. This is a reminder that I have a lot of work and growing to do. Why am I only proud sometimes of my interactions with others? Because I allow the busyness of life and my selfish hopes and dreams to lose sight of the person right in front of me. Why do I only afford a small portion of my breaths to myself proclaimed pursuit of something greater than me? In truth, I am like most of us and I am seeking ways to make my life easier and more pleasurable ahead of a more altruistic existence.
So the final question I must answer is how do I adjust my current course to align with my principled hopes? The answer that comes to me is my attitude. I must learn to appreciate each breath and slow down my personal agenda. I must be patient and kind, and more mindful of my surroundings while raising the priority of those in my path. In order to accomplish these traits I must ensure that I am centered on the important things in life and at peace within myself. For me, I achieve this by slowing down and being, while listening for gentle nudges from my Creator.
Based on my interactions with many of you, you have already mastered this aspect of slowing down and you have put into practice what you preach. I am grateful for your example and honored that we are able to provide you the respite you need from the busyness of the world. I look forward to sharing more with you during your next visit to the sanctuary we know as The Inn at Honey Run.