Thursday, August 26, 2010
I was teaching yoga at YMCA Camp Wanakita for the last week of the summer. They have a over 500 people that attend their family camp and I had at least 50 adults gather each morning to do yoga on the East Beach. I've been doing it for about 12 years and I love it because I get to teach outside, on a beach, overlooking Koshlong Lake. It is beautiful. But what I love even more are the comments/ reactions I get from people who are having their 1 week for the summer in Haliburton. They are so appreciative that they get to be here. They love Wanakita - the lake, the programs, the staff, the chance to connect with old friends, the local opportunities like the Gull
River, the Golf Courses, shopping in town, the new library etc. They think that I am the luckiest person on the planet because I get to live here and I have a great job (who wouldn't think teaching yoga on a beach isn't the best job ever). It reminds me to not take for granted all the goodness that I have around me. It is easy to forget how lucky we are to have all that we do. And I also remember that it takes the entire county to make Haliburton a great place to be.The yogi's always say not to take any part of our body for granted - each part is connected to the entire system and is important. That is why the yoga practice focuses on all parts - muscles, bones, joints, organs, feet to crown of the head, the breathing and our thoughts/ attitudes about our bodies. The same thing can be said about our county. It takes all of us to make this county a great place to visit including the Chamber, School of the Arts, Highlands Summer Festival, Art in the Park, Dusk Dances, Restaurants and the Grocery Stores, The Forest Festival, The Quilt Show, Gift Shops, Kawartha Dairy, Molou & Kinmount Theatres, Radio and Newspapers, the hundreds of volunteers who make special events happen all summer long, The Market, the gas stations, the company that sends the bus up here every day etc. etc. etc. We each have a part of the Haliburton Puzzle and should feel proud of how we opened our community to all the visitors this summer. Our services combined with the beautiful weather and the natural beauty - it was a win win win combination! Congratulations to everyone.