A NEW year is dawning

Miners, Prospectors, Goals …GOLD!

“Make new friends and keep the old, some are silver and the others gold…”

As we are camped at the base of the Lost Dutchman Mine of Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction, Arizona, reflecting briefly through this past year, I am noting the good that has gone on, those friends and family members who have loved me without reservation, a husband who is loving and lives his true colors each day…wonderfully, my progress and growth, all that was new, every beautiful place I have found myself in, and yes, those “opportunities” (i.e. struggles) that have brought tears and discouragement, but have forced me sometimes gently, sometimes not, to dig deep, to be still, to  reconsider, to re-align, to look forward….I am so grateful!

I realize that our experiences, and the innate qualities they bring out of us, could possibly be the “friends” referred to in the line from the familiar song at the opening of this note. Which ones are gold? Which are silver? Which ones do we want to keep and develop (mine and refine)? Which ones do we want to punt out of our thoughts and experiences (like the slag piles at a mining site)? I realize that my journey is a prospecting kind of journey. Hmmmm… I guess we are all really miners of a sort!

My Request: Will each of us take some moments to delve deep and come up with one or two solid, do-able, and promising goals that will help us each move forward this next year…to become more of our true selves…to be a benefit to our own growth and to the world? We will use them in our midnight float-our-goals-and-candles-in-a-little-cup-down-the-river ceremony during our first week back to our Riverhawk cabin in the new year.

If you are reading this and are not a Scholars student (parents, friends, faithful blog-readers), post your goal(s) in the comment section of this site, as we would love to support you and your goals by floating it/them for you down the river along with ours. Will you join me in this new-year-dawning exercise? EVERYthing we do matters!

Here are just some of the photos from this past year that have brought me joy, gratitude, wonder, and amazement in terms of our world and the creative and wise spirit of those who live in it.

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pic 49What an amazing year this has been! And thanks to Jay, his willingness, talent, and his incredible eye, as he was responsible for almost every one of these photos during our travels near and far! I am immensely grateful to you.

This sweet bird that we saw today touches my heart. She is going to be my reminder of my goals this year: to keep perched daily on a treetop perspective with hopes of seeing the whole picture, to keep focused on the present and on the high points of  my day, to be able to feel the wind at my back so my feathers don’t get too ruffled, and to find moments when I can feel free as a bird and soar because I know who I am and love discovering where that takes me.

It’s going to be a great year…an adventure for us all!

written by Tien Stone Langlois, Director/Instructor, Scholars Together Learning Community


2 thoughts on “A NEW year is dawning

  1. Wendy Stone

    My goal is to take care of my self physically and mentally; this will enable me to better take care of the ones I love. To do this, I will need to exercise, eat well, work less, count my blessings each day, appreciate the beauty around me (as so amazingly depicted in the photos on the Scholar’s site), and look at all obstacles as challenges that I will overcome and from which I will learn.

  2. Isaac

    A goal I’m setting for myself, which I also set back in 2009, is to be patient with others when working in a group, and to be courteous to those whom I work with, even if that person has a struggle to overcome. I choose the photo set with the cactus standing in front of a mesa, and where we all are standing on the tables around the campfire, holding hands, as a reminder that I AM a part of this group; I have people looking up to me, so I MUST set an example and show my true colors to everyone I run into. After my mom passed away, my dad wrote a letter to me, and told me to do many things that will make a difference in the world, and I plan on doing so by not feeding into the negative, and letting the negative ruin my many days I’ll be living. I have several years to go on this Earth; I will use those years wisely by, once again, being patient with everyone that I encounter in my life.

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