Dear Honey Run Friends,
The start of the New Year always provides a logical and somewhat obligatory review of my past year accomplishments, but this year my reflection has been different. While I certainly need to increase my exercise levels and reduce my fat intake I must admit these things are not ranking high on my priority list.
Instead, my heart has been heavy thinking of my friends in Uganda and their struggles. They cannot even imagine having such a problem as too much food. Forget food, they don’t know what it is like to turn on a faucet and have unlimited safe drinking water. Water! I can honestly say that until I made my maiden voyage to Africa I had never thought about the blessing of abundant water in my life. And yet, I am stressed about marketing or coping with scuffed paint.
Perspective in life is a powerful tool. If you allow yourself to gain proper perspective your troubles will be balanced with your blessings. Life, while painful and hard at times, is rich and full of joy at other moments. To miss this fact and be blind to this perspective is a tragedy.
I’ve grown to love The Inn at Honey Run in my tenure at the property. Even though there are daily challenges to keep things working smoothly, when I apply perspective and I look at the whole picture, this place becomes magical. Over the past few months, I had the pleasure and honor of personally helping my maintenance team and a loyal guest build a new barn for the Honey Run sheep on our grounds.
To work in the elements and get out from behind the desk was refreshing to my soul. To see our daily progress and now to watch the sheep inhabit the result of our hard work is rewarding. The time crunch to finish the barn was stressful toward the end of December — we are now just days away from welcoming our first lamb of the season with a number of lambs to follow over the coming weeks. It is an exciting time of renewal watching life come to be and observing the curiosity of the lambs. Seeing the youthful creatures leap with joy in the field on a sunny cold day brings a childlike joy to my heart.
This truly is a wonderful life and I pray that you have moments of perspective to see this reality for yourself. The joy I witness in the poorest people in the world is lost on most of us. Why, with all our needs met, do we still find misery in life? If you are in need of a retreat and a renewal of perspective I would welcome you to come and renew yourself in right spirit while allowing your soul to rest at Honey Run.
A refreshed soul is not a luxury, it is a necessity. I hope this year brings you much joy and success. I wish for you good health and positive life changing experiences. And while I know we will each face hardships in the midst of our joy, I pray that you are able to keep perspective as you march forward. And finally, I hope our paths cross this year so I can share with you the many blessings and joys that inhabit this special haven at Honey Run.
Happy New Year!