Drama made an appearance at Ghost Ranch this morning! The majority of the January Term students and faculty were primed and ready to load into large passenger vans and head to Santa Fe. You could feel the excitement running through the college kids. They had enough of being on the ranch and wanted some free time to roam the city streets and maybe drink a little beer. My friend Lori and I were ready to lay down a few dollars to help out the local economy because we are generous like that :) However, Mother Nature had other plans. A storm was rolling in and the program director had to make the unpopular decision to scratch the trip for very sound reasons. The weather could turn on a dime and though we may have been able to get to Santa Fe, getting back would be a completely different story. Well........the younger crowd was pretty upset. My first thought? Let's spend the day in the studio!! We had loaded the kiln last night and it was cooling down and calling our name. Our instructor Clarence, Lori and I made a bee line and started working on pieces - sanding, slipping and polishing was occurring at a fast pace. Although we were slightly disappointed, we all knew that this was a new "now" that was happening and we were happy to be there doing what we love to do.
Past, present and future all deserve our attention at certain times in our lives. In this instance, we all had a choice how we could respond to the present. Some decided to be immature and indignant; others moped about without purpose and still others took the opportunity to dive into something we found enjoyable.
To have an entire "free day" to focus on pottery was absolutely priceless. It lifted me up, twirled me around and set my heart to dancing. I spent this day with people that I enjoy, ate chocolate, laughed at silly jokes and quickly forgot all about the drama of the morning. I gave myself the gift to Be.Here.Now. We all can allow grace to happen and flow - we just need to be present enough to recognize the opportunity.