It’s no coincidence that I happened to be reading the book, “Eat, Pray, Love” before taking off on a short vacation to Colorado. For those that don’t know, it’s a book about a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her broken life and find happiness and pleasure by spending a year traveling to Italy, India and Indonesia. Of course, valuable life lessons are learned in each location.
While my circumstances couldn’t be more different, I discovered that the same “life lessons” can be learned regardless of your current situation. It’s about living in the moment, holding onto gratitude, finding God in everyday things, learning how to enjoy silence, basking in the pleasures of food, exploring nature, being romanced by your surroundings (and your spouse), praying on a rock and eating by a creek, feeling your heartbeat as you are running (jogging) up a mountain, gasping for breath while riding your bike next to the Colorado mountainside, ordering way too much food for dinner and finishing every bite.
So, this past weekend between Estes Park and Boulder, we had our share of eating, praying and loving. It’s true that being at 9,000ft on a mountain does make you closer to heaven. We hiked in Rocky Mountain National forest, went running, and even explored the groovy town of Boulder on foot, mountain bike and road bike (with a nice 50 miler). Through all of it, we had plenty of wonderful food and drink along with way (way too much food on a couple of evenings). But, it was so worth it. It was a weekend of spiritual and physical bliss. Colorado does that to me. Wherever your heaven on earth is, always remember to “Eat, Pray, Love.”