Happy Monday my dear readers.
This week inspiration for my post comes directly from my weekend spent at my mountain house with the best of company. Am I feel well-rested this Monday morning? Not all that much. Are my spirits high? Absolutely.
Friday afternoon I set out from Atlanta to pick up my girlfriend Nicole, and one of my best friends, Brad, from Athens. We made the two hour drive to Clayton, GA and stopped off at the Ingles to gather our groceries for the weekend. And then we drove another 30 minutes to meet another of my best friends, Ben, and his girlfriend and her sister in Franklin, NC. Then it was up the mountain for a weekend at my family’s mountain house.
The house has been a multi-year building project that is substantially complete. It needs some touch-up work and a few more pieces of furniture, but it certainly works for a weekend away. There is no internet, no cell phone service, and no house phone. And I love it. And the only thing better than the house and its location is having a group of people there that make the remoteness the most valuable commodity in all of the world.
Human interaction creates meaning for our lives. Finding people you truly trust and invest in and would devote your life to if they were in need is rare. But when you do, it can only be attributed to a higher power. True friends make everything else in life less important. And I had the great opportunity to spend this past weekend with an entire group of them.
Ben, Brad and I joined the same fraternity during our undergraduate years and became the closest of friends. We have gone our separate ways now. Ben to law school in South Carolina, Brad is still in Athens at UGA’s law school, and I am working in Atlanta. We don’t get the chance to be in the same place all that often, but it makes it all the better when we do.
And Nicole, my girlfriend, has been the blessing of a lifetime. She has caused me to grow up and mature and to become a better person. And she is absolutely the person who I confide in and knows the way I work from my feelings to the food I love to eat.
And now we have all formed a great friendship, along with Ben’s girlfriend Jess. And it works.
So why does this matter to you? It matters because in life you only get so many opportunities to have many great things in one place, at one time. And when you do, you need to seize the opportunity. Work will be there when you get back. The world will keep spinning while you disconnect from your phone and the internet. And when you find that place that you love and get the people that you love together in that place, nothing else matters. And in this week when the people of Japan have no doubt lost so much, I could not be more thankful for friendship and love and the chance to unplug.
I am refreshed, reassured, and ready to plug away. Because no matter what I have in life, I know I will have the memories from this weekend and more to look forward to in the future.
Find a way to plan a weekend away, or even at home, with the people who matter most to you. It makes all of the little problems in life seem less significant. And it highlights the little things in life that are actually the most significant.