Telling someone to take a hike might not seem like a very nice thing to do unless of course you are visiting the Greater Good Retreat. It was a perfect week to take a hike. Hiking and enjoying the quiet solitude of the retreat brought recent guests back with their daughter. There is never a charge for a day visit if you are not wanting lunch. We do require that you make a reservation so we know you are coming and donations to our mission are always welcome and appreciated. If you would like lunch during your visit, lunch is on a donation only basis. We enjoyed the company, appreciated the donation and there’s never a fee for any snake or other critter encounters during your visit.
This warm weather has brought out all sorts of critters. Squishy the somewhat elusive frog, who contrary to the fairy tale myth that if kissed would turn into a prince, and Pasquale, the somewhat calm for a lizard friend, made for a memorable experience during our Easter egg hunt. Sean and I enjoyed our visit with children and grandchildren for the Easter weekend. Note to self: kool-aid colored eggs don’t work as well as the tablet and vinegar ones, Disney songs are always a good source of entertainment and night hikes are sometimes scary.
Easter is a time to rejoice, a time where we reflect on the true meaning of giving. I ran across this story not long ago that is so simple but so profound in it’s message.
Two brothers worked together on the family farm. One was married and had a large family. The other was single. At the day’s end, the brothers shared everything equally, produce and profit.
Then one day the single brother said to himself, “It’s not right that we should share equally the produce and the profit. I’m alone and my needs are simple.” So each night he took a sack of grain from his bin and crept across the field between their houses, dumping it into his brother’s bin.
Meanwhile, the married brother said to himself, “Its not right that we should share the produce and the profit equally. After all, I’m married and I have my wife and my children to look after me in years to come. My brother has no one, and no one to take care of his future.” So each night, he took a sack of grain and dumped it into his single brother’s bin.
Both men were puzzled for years because their supply of grain never dwindled. Then one dark night the two brothers bumped into each other.
“Slowly it dawned on them what was happening. They dropped their sacks and embraced one another,” Unknown.
Embrace giving to others and “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt,” John Muir.
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