Aspen: (n) a municipality which is the county seat and most populous city of Pitkin County, Colorado.
Often we must drive through the cold to get to the hot.
It is a fact of life which we forget because self-pity is so readily available in our repertoire.
Last year I went through a distressing time, when I questioned many of my talents, aspirations and mostly, my fortunes. I took a couple of months just to self-examine.
Such introspection is very fruitful at first, but after a while can become dangerous, as you start slicing into your bones. Soon I needed a way of escape.
I had immobilized myself and was desperately in need of an exit strategy. So I made a quick plan to escape my season of self-perusal and started to move back into the land of the living.
Yet my plan of action really sucked.
So I found myself on Easter Sunday morning driving through the Rocky Mountains with snow falling all around me in my vehicle that was less than suitable for such a wintry mix, wondering if I was going to slide off the mountain into the “Valley of the Shadow of Death.”
Along the way, I passed a town in Colorado called Aspen.
It is filled with expensive bungalows and lodges to accommodate the more wealthy members of our society, who want to get away and pretend to ski, while spending most of their time sitting by the fire in $1000-dollar outfits, sipping well-pickled cider.
(As you can see, I was a little resentful of their prosperity.)
I was not destitute, but certainly lacking the funds to make me totally content.
- Maybe it was the cold.
- Maybe it was the drippy snow.
- Or maybe it was a lacking in my character.
But I started to feel sorry for myself. It was so silly.
I was just driving through some cold to get to a warmer place. It happens.
I suppose if you have enough zeroes at the end of your bank account balance instead of in the front, then Aspen could be a very nice place to visit.
On that particular Easter morning, it was a chilling reminder of my depleted condition as I quietly drove on … seeking for resurrection.
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