|Even butterflies gather in community! |
Ok, that's cheesy, but I snapped this photo
on a recent hike to Cedar Run Falls
and thought it was cool enough to share!
The first night we arrived at Skyland, hungry and tired from an eight hour drive, the bartender brought us dinner and got the manager to give it to us for free since we were new. Later that night, a maintenance man showed me where to get blankets from the storage closet while the dorm supervisor helped tidy up our room. The next day, a housekeeper showed us how to buy our employee meal tickets. The kindness has continued. We are surviving and thriving, but only because of community.
We hope to create even more community this summer - community not just based on proximity, but on honesty and kindness. The other night, Ty (my husband) decided to make a fire in the employee pit. We had been surprised that no one had been hanging out there before, but finally decided to do something about it ourselves. As he and another employee worked, others gathered around, drawn to the warmth of the flames and human company. We later found out it was the first fire of the summer. As I sat and listened to everyone share opinions and stories, I smiled. It didn't matter whether what was shared, whether it was polite or not, whether everyone in the circle agreed or respected other opinions. What mattered was that people were sharing, they were opening themselves to one another and letting out what was inside. It was a sprout from the seed of community breaking through the surface.