Dear Honey Run Friends,
I have been a shell of a man for the past six months. I would like to blame the stress of work and the gloominess of winter for my choice to pass through this time lacking the normal joy I know of life. But this would be a cowardly deflection. I allowed my attitude to lack gratitude. Spring this year has not only awakened the new year’s harvest in the pastures; it has also awakened me. I was allowing life to control me, rather than realizing that while I cannot control the situation, I certainly can control how I react. I now choose hope. I choose joy. I choose to enjoy every moment that I am afforded in this life. The moment I chose this, it was as though the black and white television show of my life morphed, and suddenly the colors were crisp and the detail became the best high definition picture ever made. Suddenly, I began to hear the music of life again and realize that all that seemed bad was actually good. Now with my re-found joy, I am able to be grateful. Grateful for the sunshine today. Grateful for friends and family. Grateful for each and every moment. Life is certainly not perfect, but it is certainly not without hope. I urge everyone to wake up each day and watch with amazement as the sun rises. Listen to the birds sing. Enjoy every morsel of food you place in your mouth as your taste buds reward you for the meal that is nourishing your body. Feel the gentle breeze kiss your skin as the warmth of the spring sun wraps you in its splendor. I am grateful for my life and I am grateful for each of you. Looking through picture albums online of the thousands of you who have posted your joyful moments being celebrated at The Inn at Honey Run has made my night. Thank you for blessing me. You are my reward for my life’s work at The Inn. I look forward to continuing to make memories with each of you in the coming years and building new memories for our hope chests of life.
Your “spring in his step” Innkeeper,
6 responses to “May Letter from Jason”
What a wonderful metamorphosis Jason!I t’s amazing what can transpire with gratitude. Thanks for sharing your vulnerability. I was finding myself a little cranky today, and while I start and end each day with statements of gratitude, your story inspired me to step back, take a deep breath and get some mid-day gratitude going. Now back to face the day…
Thank you for the inspirational thoughts. I wish you the best now and in the future. I always look back on the wonderful memories and happy moments I’ve spent at the Inn at Honey Run and look forward to spending time there again.
We always enjoy your letters. They are inspiring, calming and interesting. Just like Honey Run.
What a wonderful and inspiring letter. You are spot-on as to how blues can hit BUT….renewed with love and hope. Yahoo…..thank you.
What a lovely reminder of how we need to be appreciative of what we have and to live life to the fullest, with gratitude and grace. Thank you, Jason!
This is so honest and so beautifully written. I had been feeling much the same way as you describe. But then my husband and I took a weekend trip to your Inn, and everything was put into perspective. We fell in love again as we enjoyed just being together without the stress of jobs, kids, yard work, bills, etc… Thank you for providing us such a beautiful, peaceful place to rejuvenate! As you stated, The Inn is your “life’s work”…and it is now our special place. Just thinking about our stay makes me feel happy! I cannot wait to return!