The rain passed and the sun shone brightly on our annual girlfriends weekend adventure. Like the venerable Taos Pueblo, our friendships are earthy, authentic, stable and grounded.
Our relationships are also like diamonds. They have clarity, they are clear and they are bright.
I cherish these trips more and more each year and appreciate the gifts they bring.
A treasure trove of experience and exploration, these adventures are authentic and restorative as my friends give me perspective, advice and opinions.
We hike, we eat, we share, we dream.
We adjust each other as we stretch and help perfect yoga poses.
We soak in warm tubs and openly discuss whatever if on our minds.
These friendships are enduring (not the “friend-for-a-season, friend-for-a-reason” variety so common today).
My friends are precious gems and will be there for the duration.
Our trips are real and pure with limited use of texting and iPhones at the table during meals, limited talk of news we can’t control, no gossip and no drama.
We talk, we discuss, we debate and we look directly into each other’s eyes. We have true connections with wonderful things like nuance and non-verbal expressions.
We appreciate our freedoms and the exquisiteness of the land and reflect on the beauty of our brilliant friendships.
Like diamonds, I treasure the moments we spend together. I treasure these women like the precious gems that they are.
Tabby, the Ruby, whose high energy and sense of adventure guides us to the next exciting destination.
Nancy, the Pearl, whose wisdom and inner strength shines through the tough journeys of life.
Clarissa, the Sapphire, whose creative expression quietly brings joy, peace and beauty to those around her.
I have an affinity for the Peridot, which has been long considered to be an aid to friendship by bringing optimism and good cheer.
So I lift my glass to you my brilliant friends and say “Thank You!” for your kindness, support and wonderful company.
Thank you for shining brightly on whatever location we venture to.