Let me be clear. Nothing feeds my soul more than enjoying an outdoor walk in a scenically majestic environment, being surrounded by friends who have shared a lot of life together, and food so fresh and perfectly prepared that I forget about calories and fat grams because all I can taste is the love.
Dr. Success Challenge: Do you know what feeds your soul? Write down all the different things that make your soul – your spirit – come alive and renew itself?When was the last time you engaged in any of those opportunities? Here is where Practicing the Power of Now would come in real handy!
If you read my blog you know I am fond of suggesting “write down” or “make a list.” I hope it brings you some comfort that I actually write stuff down and make lots of lists.I do not make suggestions I do not also follow. One of my lists happens to be all the things I desire to be, do, and have during this life time.Under the “do” list, I had, “Take a trip to see the New England Fall Colors.”
You would think growing up in New York that was a simple thing to do, but like so many people I was too busy doing other things to really appreciate what was right around me. For about 10 years I have wanted to take a Fall Colors trip and I finally got around to doing it.
The trip was to the TopNotch Resort in Stowe, VT with 10 of our friends. The mark of a great vacation is when the weather does not cooperate, yet you feel you will remember the trip for a long time to come. That was what happened with our Stowe trip.
The sun was nowhere to be found, except in the love that was shared by all the people involved in the trip. From Carole, the most topnotch concierge ever, to Courtney the most topnotch masseuse ever, to our most topnotch friends ever, to Tony the most talented Tuscan chef/owner of La Trattoria la Festa ever, the sun was shining brighter than I could have imagined.
What did I learn from this experience? You can make a list of things you want to be, do, and have, yet it is only in being open to what is and being aware enough to notice, that you feed your soul what it needs, not what you thought you wanted.When God Winks is not just a title of a book.
Should your travels ever bring you to Stowe, VT, I would highly recommend you stay at the TopNotch Resort and devote a full day to their spa – and eat every, yes every dinner during your stay there at Trattoria La Festa owned by Tony (aka Antonio De Vito) and his pastry making partner extraordinaire, Patty.
Happy Fall, Andrea
Andrea T. Goeglein, Ph.D