A Second Look at Heights

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

It was about the summer of 2015. Kris and I were staying in an inn outside of Yellowstone National Park. Trying to mimic a cowboy, I went down to the stables of the resort to sign up for a guided tour on horseback. We were to visit the nearby Wyoming hills.

Kristine and I mounted two beautiful horses and headed into the wilderness. I looked ridiculous on a horse, as, I would have had I donned a cowboy hat.

At some point the guide about to change elevation rapidly asked if any of us were afraid of heights. I was, but, I appreciated my dilemma. I wanted to forego either: 1) embarrassing my adventurous spouse or 2) walking the snake infested hills back to the stable. I shouted to our guide at the head of the pack “I do, but, I’ll deal with it.” As Garth Brooks sang in Tony…

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Jam and Toast

“Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavour, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow.” Diane Johnson, American novelist.

I think that laughter helps to keeps us buoyant or afloat. It oils the gears of life. It helps us in our brokenness to see life with more perspective. To belly laugh at yourself to me is a sign you are getting somewhere in the effort to become more loving.

Thank God for the opportunity to hear, to be heard and to increase our capacity for love.