One of the benefits of resort living is the variety of people one gets to meet. Not only are they from every corner of the globe (or so it seems), but each person is unique. Of course some are opinionated. A few are downright difficult. But, that is not the norm.
Most of the people we meet are relaxed and enjoying life. They are where they want to be, doing what they want to do. The only time we see a cloud cross their countenance is when it comes time to say good-bye.
Our guests, by and large, are friendly, open, honest folks who love life. In a world where people rarely look one another in the eye, where it is uncommon to know your neighbors, where we rush to and fro with little time to interact, our guests relish the chance to relax.
More and more families are working to rebuild this 'something' we have lost. More and more researchers are showing the benefits of doing so, and the real dangers of ignoring the problem. For more on the issue, check out my article on the benefits of a Family Adventure Vacation.
We get to see the metamorphosis in progress. Here it is not uncommon to see folks, who moments ago were strangers, visiting, laughing, and making plans for an excursion. While many of our guests are friends, returning for a few days to visit, some are strangers when they arive. They don't stay that way!
That is one of the major benefits of a small resort. If a guests stays longer than a day or so, we have the opportunity to visit. They learn a bit about our lives, we are enriched by a glimpse into their lives.
Isn't that the way it used to be? We may not have made friends with a families from England, or Italy, or Florida, but we knew our neighbors. We dined together; laughter and stories flying freely across the table. We strolled together; Mom and Dad holding hands while the kids scampered or ambled nearby - maybe a friend or two in tow. A family vacation included all the family enjoying an outdoor adventure toghether. Many of us grew up making those memories.
Somewhere along the way, we've lost touch with something important. Something you might call 'family glue'. We've lost our trust. We've lost touch. We've lost the ability to slow down. To enjoy a sunset. We've lost the time to watch ducks on a pond. To wonder at moose grazing in the willows. To delight in a coyote trotting across an open field.
In the end, I think we've lost ourselves. So, when our guests leave walking a little slower, talking a little more, laughing with abandon and pausing to enjoy the wildflowers nodding in the meadow or the silver aspen leaves fluttering against a robin's egg blue sky, we know we're honored to have been part of the change!
Lady of the Lake