We all desire to love and be loved. Sometimes what we struggle with the most is to love ourselves, and in doing that, struggle to demonstrate love to others. But take a group of open minded, talented, and passionate people out of their comfort zones for an entire week and magic happens. What happened to a group of friends and initial strangers at the first ever RTC Adventure Trip was truly magical.
I was a witness this week; a witness to brilliance, a witness to bravery, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, grace, friendship, and love. It was breathtaking and reinvigorating all at the same time.
I witnessed individuals overcoming self imposed obstacles, challenging their limits and as they reached their own pivotal summits, embracing their own success and celebrating the successes of others.
I witnessed compassion. When fear set in, instead of criticism, a helping hand was lent instead; Hugs when self doubt threatened to derail progress. Honesty, when it would have been just as easy to ignore our truths.
I witnessed joy. Tears of happiness and realizations that we are not alone in this world; that there are other like minded individuals that you can not only trust with your safety, but with your heart. Those that you can forever call family.
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I witnessed love. True selfless love and I was just one recipient of this gift. My heart will be forever touched, my spirit forever grateful, my life forever impacted.
You read about life changing experiences, but it is another thing to immerse yourself in them. Les Brown said, "If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness." Funny thing is, I don't feel forced. I feel honored by the awakenings, and maybe even a bit sad for those who fear taking risks and even taking that first step.
I'm going to continue swimming in this consciousness. It is magically refreshing and I just want to let it be for a while. Feel free to jump in with me. There's plenty of room for all of you.