Monday, January 17, 2011
One of mine is always to try to take more time with family and friends. And, each year, I do a little better, but want even more. This year brought up close and personal again how important it is to cherish every moment. This year is a new year without my beloved mother, so life will be different and times together are now precious memories.
I get such a calming feeling in the mountains. I look out and know that God is ever present. The mountains give me the spirit to let go and relax. I talk a lot about soothing the soul. And, that is just what they do for me.
We love sharing our mountain homes. Giving others the chance to experience the calm and quiet. It's our chance to get friends together and spend more time getting to know each other even more, not just an evening out to dinner but breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, Neal and I love to go and spend time on us; hiking, driving the mountains, morning coffee gazing at the mountains, and afternoon wine on the deck or porch. Just the two of us.
Sharing our homes through vacation rentals has been a great experience. Our renters share with us their vacation through our Guest Book comments. I really enjoy reading about how their spirit is also renewed, the details of their vacation, and how much fun was experienced with friends and family, or the chance they had to escape just as a couple.
Our calendar is now open for 2011. Connect, reconnect, make new memories with friends and family in the mountains of Western North Carolina. So much to do, or do nothing and talk about your goals, read and escape. My favorite phrase that sums it up is to come and "rejuventate the soul".
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Charles R. Swindoll quotes (American Writer and Clergyman, b.1934)