It was a cloudy and over cast day as we were traveling into Seattle to see the sights. It had been a dream vacation of completing our goal of seeing all 50 states. We were on our way home and feeling down as our adventure was coming to an end. All of a sudden our friend shouted “ Look, the mountain is out!” Previously we had been trying to catch a glimpse of Mount Hood or Rainier with no luck. So, on our final day the sun finally broke through and there, in all its glory, was the top of Rainier!
Living in the Midwest most of my life, I was awe struck when we moved to Arizona and were surrounded by mountains. We experience the same euphoric moment when the sun breaks out over the Superstitions! So what does it mean to live like the mountain is out? To me it means to “Live it up”, to do the things that matter to you; savor the moments and time you have left on this earth. Remember the movie “The Bucket List”? Whether it be skydiving or climbing a mountain, I challenge you to make 2020 the year to do something you have never done before!
Get Involved! Here are a few ideas to challenge you:
Since we are writing about mountains, how about joining one of the hiking groups?
Explore the mountains and deserts and see wildlife and gorgeous scenery. What about going to a mountain top? There are two groups; one for walking and one for more arduous hikes.
Instead of a physical goal, consider a mental goal. They say that card games such as mahjong increases your brain cells and helps prevent Alzheimers. How about volunteering in the library?
You may surprise yourself and find that you have a hidden talent. A resident who has never painted recently joined the Open Art Class and painted a picture of her grandchild. At 92, my Mother painted her own Christmas card this year.
Kudos to our Welcome Wagon ladies who make up love gifts and go to the new people in our park to welcome them. Serving the community though acts of kindness and prayer ( Ladies Bible Study) helps lift up our community. Volunteering moves mountains! Whether it be washing dishes in the kitchen or leading one of the clubs, it is your personal way of letting your light shine. Stepping out in faith and out of your comfort zone is scary. However it gives your life a center, a focus that will expand your horizons and make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Don’t worry, if you need help or guidance in your new goal. There are mentors to train and encourage you along the way.
All the activities are listed in the activity line up sheet that you can pick up at the activity office. Come to the club Expo on January11th from 8:00 -10:00am. ( and stay for breakfast) All the activities will be represented promoting and sharing what their club is all about. With all that we have to offer, you can find your happy place. They say you only have one life to live, so why sit around and waste the precious time you have left? 2020 is a new year. I challenge you to “Live like the Mountain is Out.” It may be a hard climb but you can only imagine the amazing view from the top!