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Something New – Part 12

“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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I know that I am not alone with my concern over the unleashing of longstanding bigotry and hatred in my country. The events of this past year, its political campaigns and the election have somehow legitimized speaking and acting out ignorance and hatred.

I am not a political person. Politics are not my mission and will never be. But I need to find the best ways possible to stay within my own guidelines of tolerance and acceptance, avoid resistance, and still make a difference in the world.

I have became active on an Ad Hoc committee for my small town. I was appointed earlier but the meetings began in October and November. I had real hesitancy on this. Was I qualified? Is my mind still active enough to contribute? Does my history lend itself to experiences that translate to the common good of my community?

Well, obviously the Mayor believed I could do it…so there I was. I met the challenge in a way that felt good to me.

I am writing this after the fact, when we have worked and struggled and crafted and redrafted a resolution that was voted on in February. So you can read it here.

The Student

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Something New – Part 11

“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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Well, I am so much in the groove of doing new things that I forget to keep track. But, in October, even as I was buying the tickets I was amazed at our (my husband and I) sense of silliness and adventure.
img_0853In addition to doing something new each month, my husband and I have begun, once again, to take turns deciding on something interesting to do that takes us out of our routine. Watching Vera on Amazon Video may be entertaining but it isn’t enlightening or broadening unless we are trying to learn new British slang. And even if it is less graphic than many detective shows, it still necessitates me hiding my eyes periodically.
Okay, so you may think that our choice this month was no improvement – but we thought going through a Haunted House for Halloween was pretty fun. And it was a first for me!
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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.

Hooyah!

Nice month, huh?

The Student

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