Monday, March 19, 2012

The Zen of Friendship

"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same."
Elbert Hubbard 

Now that my ribs have healed, I went back to the slopes with no thoughts of out-of-control snowboarders. I was determined to become one with my skis once again. My Zen ski mindset could not have come at a better time. In a month of giving myself time, last week I gave myself time to be with friends.

Three of my ski buds and I went to Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada. While we have skied together for eleven years, we have never gone away on a trip. We shared food, wine, stories, history, smiles, laughter, hot tubbing, more food, more wine, hugs⎯oh, and we skied! It was a celebration of friendship.

Friendship is a bond of caring, respect and love⎯friendship is gentle. 

On our ski trip, I could see our friendship growing. Yes, the skiing was fun, but moreover, the time we gave to one another in the spirit of friendship meant more than the skiing. We created snapshots in time we will cherish and not forget, for we had become one in friendship.
Photo courtesy of Scott Maxwell