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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 07_13_2012
07/12/2012 07:00 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
July 13, 2012

 

My annual summer vacation usually includes some time in the mountains. This year, Lisa and I traveled with Emma to Colorado to share time with dear friends. It’s the only time of the year when we really step away from everything that is part of our usual routine. That’s what makes it a real vacation for us. What did we do?

                I played golf. Don’t get too excited. But the golf lessons on the driving range were the best I’ve had and I’ve had many. Mike was very patient with me. Quiet the lower body; move the hips forward with the downward swing; close the face of the club head; and stand a little taller. Now swing naturally! You’ve never seen anything so unnatural. The following day he played with us on the course. We played a “scramble” which is another way of saying we chased after his well-hit ball. He encouraged me but I know that I have a long way to go. But, I’m encouraged enough to pick up my clubs again before next summer.

                I hiked. Love to hike. With a “camelback” on my back, my Teva hiking shoes, dri-fit shirt and shorts, I was ready to take on Masada again. Hunter’s Creek Trail and Maroon Bells to Crater Lake more than sufficed. The sights and smells of the open mountain air are intoxicating. No bears. Some bugs. Lots of beauty. With our friends in front of and behind us we talked and caught up as we hoofed it up and down the mountain. At 11,000 feet, skipping stones in the mountain lake was a one-of-a-kind experience.

                I fished. We fly-fished on the Roaring Forks River for half the day. On boats, we cast our lines into the clear mountain river to catch and release some incredible fish and just a few rocks. The first fish I caught (and released) was an 18-inch Mountain White Fish. I thought the guide was kidding me. The rabbi caught white fish? I looked around for the priest and the minister and the punch line. What I really wanted to catch was the Mountain White Fish Platter. It comes with a bagel and coleslaw. I wasn’t disappointed. Emma and I shared a boat and we each caught brown trout and rainbow trout. Big ones and small ones. It was a great thrill and I look forward to fishing again, perhaps before next summer.

                Joining friends from Houston and Beth Israel was a real joy for us. Being together when we’re not in suits and ties, when we’re not held to schedules, and when business of any sort isn’t on any agenda makes being a rabbi and a friend more equal. I never stop being a rabbi because it really is part of who I am; but, it doesn’t prevent me from connecting with all the people we meet on the sidewalk in town, or over dinner, to hike, to fish, to golf, and mostly to tell stories and laugh. Lisa and I enjoyed it so much this week and took enough photos to help us remember when we return home.

                Vacation doesn’t have to begin away from home, but it does require stepping away from certain parts of ordinary routines. For me, the diversion reorients me. I can see my priorities for the year clearer. I can be more creative. I can address my own family’s needs more eagerly and I can deepen relationships with friends. When I can set aside the busy-ness of my usual routine, I can see what is essential to me; and, by extension and without presumption, what is essential to you. It must be good health, a cheerful outlook, renewed energy, and an overall sense of Shalom, peace and completeness, that centers me. It doesn’t have to happen in Colorado every summer, but it has become the place where I like to try.

                As Shabbat begins, please accept my best wishes for a day that should feel like vacation for you even if it isn’t far from home. Frankly, there’s no better place to be. From my family to yours, Shabbat Shalom.

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