My man works for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program for youth, as a trail walker. He goes hiking through desert terrain for 8 days and comes back home for 6, then leaves again. The first day he was on the trail I felt like he had died. It was the first time in the 4 years I had known him and I didn't have even a choice to contact him or talk to him. I have since grown to really like the distance though. It makes each moment with him more meaningful, anticipated and enjoyable.
From the very beginning he started writing me letters to read while he was away. He has a couple hours of night watch and writes me letters by the fire. They explain to me what he learned that day, how he feels for me, and smell of delicious campfire smoke.
I too have started writing him a letter for each day he is on the trail... It helps us remain connected while we are apart. It has been amazing to see our bond grow, even being miles and miles away, without a sound of each others voice or touch of a hand.
He left this morning for the trail, so I won't be seeing him for a while.
We exchanged letters last night for this next week. I read his first letter today and I will share a short exert that created thought.
(I read the letters that he wrote the last time he was on the trail, hence the date)
February 20th, 2014 Thursday
"I learned today that people are not made to be alone. A person alone will often never see themselves for who they really are, for they get stuck in their own imperfect ideas and they cannot advance. But, when the individual becomes a group, or just a couple, the other can see things more clearly in another, and they can provide the support and truth to each other that isn't there when one is solitary."
This is true! I am learning more and more that I need people to progress and become better. I can only go so far by myself. I am also finding that love is the motivating force between people. When you love someone you want them to become their best self, you help them, support them, and lift them up.
Let us love each other. I hope to be a support to the people I love.
May you love and be loved my friends,
Challenge: Talk to God about love.