And what of freedom? The freedom to soar amongst the trees and find the words to describe our pain, describe our joy.
And what of the mountains? Do we see them as barriers? Or do we visualise the view from the top and the panorama that inspires us to seek a happy life?
And through the forest, those trees of confusion in our minds, can we see the clearing ahead?
I gazed over at the snow-capped mountain, thought about my friends, Heather and Wayne. I sensed we were all on top of that mountain, looking out at a positive, more caring, more compassionate world.
We spent a couple of hours at Minter Gardens. It was a lovely, sunny day. I was grateful to be amongst such beauty and grateful to be there with two very close friends. Minter Gardens is located 115 kilometres east of Vancouver and only about a half an hours westward drive away from Hope, British Columbia.
And Wayne, what of our deeply profound conversations? I see in your eyes the passion of a man who has so much more to tell. You have told me a few tales of your life with such articulation and powerful passion. Now can truly be the time, through the magic and the wonder of the written word, for you to find some comfort for yourself, and in turn, for others. You, my friend, my brother in the true sense of transparent humanity, have a gift for writing. Open that gift and share your feelings. Your mind, your soul, will never be shackled.
Heather, Wayne, you are both testimony that, despite the adversity that entered your lives, positivity will never let the ugliness of a negative environment destroy your determination, to live your lives the way you want to live.
Hope grows in the garden. It is nurtured and will blossom through the undying force that we call love.