We have brought with us only what we need.
We have food enough, a small bag each of clothing, a few books, phones that only work sometimes (blessedly so!) due to spotty tower coverage. How I love the simplicity of these little getaways. The children have bounded through the woods, climbed rocks, visited the cabins of family members. I have been captivated, carried along by the austere beauty of the bare trunks, wet leaves, layered rock faces, clouded sky, all in somber, joyful, whispering hues of dove gray, loam, moss. There are more shades of gray and brown here than I can number, and together they transport me to awe--not at all the delicious spring or summer forest I know and love so well; this winter wood is such a quiet beauty!
We gathered with the larger family to prepare and eat a simple supper, then watched the fire leap up and fall to embers as we told stories and caught up on news of family and old friends.
How much do we need in this world? Surely not as much as I sometimes think. On the way here, in the passenger seat, I was navigating via smart phone. At the same time, I was letting myself be quite captivated by the Ann Taylor 70% off winter sale, and the Dansko boots at 6pm.com. In "real world" terms I do need to update my work wardrobe, and I adore a good sale. But on arrival at Tishomingo, I was struck by how quickly these concerns--concerns with things--fell away when we arrived, exited the car and moved into our little cabin. I was especially aware of how weighed-down I felt before, and how light and energized I feel now by being here, in this lovely place, with every need met.
I wonder how much departing for a little state-park-cabin adventure can put me in touch with how little I truly need. How much lighter in spirit will I be when I return? How much in my regular life do I allow extraneous things to weigh me down, spiritually and emotionally? How fearful am I of letting some of them go? How much does this fear weigh me down as well?
Tonight, I ponder the grace of being here, in this place, having brought only what I need.