Something New – Part 10

“The challenge of the Silver Gate is to reconnect to our regenerative forces and stay connected to them. Many cultures of the world have traditional practices to accomplish this.” Angeles Arrien
I am intrigued by an Ancient European custom cited in this section that is still practiced in some areas of the world. The challenge is to do something never before tried each month. The custom is to do it on one’s birthdate, but I will play fast and loose with that.
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It has been a month of new things. Perhaps in going through this process, I am more open to trying things. Perhaps I have been doing new things all my life and not making note of them. Anyway, a couple of note…
1. I had different plan for the month but when we headed for Colorado for a visit to children and grandchildren I got a brilliant idea. My granddaughter and her husband are rock climbers. What if???
They were excited!
I began talking to myself.  This was my mantra: “It doesn’t matter if you go up two feet or ten feet – it’s the trying that counts.”

We were quite a group as we headed for the rock face. Of course, the climbers. And my son, my daughter-in-law, her sister, my granddaughter’s friend, none of whom had climbed before. And then were the Florida visitors, my grandson-in-law’s parents who had arrived the night before from sea-level and for whom taking a walk usually meant meandering down the sidewalk in the evening. (Even in Aspen the elevation is 7908 ft.)

Climbing boulders to get to the rock cliff.

Climbing boulders to get to the rock cliff.

After driving up toward Independence Pass we climbed boulders to get to our destination. The young ones thought it was all a piece of cake. Hmm…
Version 2Well, I did it! I probably climbed about six feet up the rocks. My son took photos from an angle that made it look as if I reached the top. Not!
I am grateful:
  • That my grandchildren use extremely safe practices in their adventures. They don’t free climb and they always check and re-check their equipment.
  • That I handled it all with some grace and calm. And that I wasn’t too hard on myself when I had to quit.
  • That I wasn’t the only one climbing. Man, that’s a lot of work to set up for one person who only climbs six feet.

2. This is crazy and incidental but I had a class to attend and a dinner to fix whose timing didn’t coincide. Leaving my husband to remember to put a roast in the oven has its drawbacks. Aha! I have all of the modern conveniences…why not use them.

I mastered the “Delayed Start” with the push of a few buttons. Gave it a few thoughts as I sat in my class but then let it go. I arrived home to a roast that was close to ready.


Nice month, huh?

The Student


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