This past weekend we had the chance to host our first ever Survive & Thrive Weekend Hangout, and it was amazing. Despite the beautiful setting at Camp Kindle, the kind staff there, the invite and offer to do this from Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, the weather that lent itself for both hiking briskly and crafting inside, and the planning of Mikey and giving of time from our amazing facilitators (Maureen and Lisa), you know what MADE the weekend? The people. We always say that our trips (and now hangout weekends!) are only as good as the people who come, and that’s the truth.
I had the opportunity to be surrounded by a group of outstanding people this weekend who loved, listened, cried and laughed; who Tim Tam Slammed together, painted and even did wood burnings over deep conversations about life; who took a chance to come to a weekend event in the bush without knowing anyone and displayed bravery and trust; who were just a joy to be around despite some heavy things going on in their lives.
You bet I have more to say about the event, more pictures to hunt down from friends old and new, more memories I’d love to share and get down
in my heart on paper in the blog, but for now I’ll just say that taking time to SEE people – to truly see them as Christ sees them – is the best way to use your time. I know not everyone can take these “time outs” from busy days and responsibilities to love and listen this way, and maybe there are phases when you can focus on that more than others in life. But it IS possible to take these principles into our daily life with one another and see people without judging, without passing by, without focusing solely on ourselves.
This week, I encourage you to find ways to do that with people in your life – those you know well and those you pass by without ever knowing. Live well & be well friends, choosing joy daily despite your life circumstances in the moment.