A Decade of Glorious Glorieta

Ten years ago I stood on the shore of this lake and photographed the chapel at Glorieta for the first time.

I was serving my first term as president of our local PWOC.  I was nervous and felt completely out of place.  This was my first time serving as a leader of anything, let alone a group of hard core Christian ladies.

Standing at that lakeside I felt completely under qualified.  In my mind a president was poised, polished and a classy dresser.  I am naturally wind blown.  The only time I spend poised is right before I take a dive off the edge into unknown waters.  I rarely bother buying clothes and if I do they are almost always ‘post consumer’ and I never pick anything that needs to be ironed.  I was definitely in over my head.

Ten years later I found myself standing on the same shore reflecting on my last decade.  Not only did I survive that first year as a leader, but I went on to serve for 3 more years in 2 states.  I never did master the art of being polished and poised, but what I did learn is it doesn’t matter.  As long as I stayed humble and did my best everything was awesome.  Anytime my ego started telling me that I was awesome everything fell apart. 

The end of an era, this will be the last of my fall trips to Glorieta.  The facilities are moving to a summer only operational status and the annual autumn retreat here will soon be a thing of the past.  I can’t be sad tho; the end of one thing is the beginning of another.  Life is a cycle of change and the unceasing movement keeps us from getting stagnant.

Coming to Glorieta is always a bit risky.  You enter these gates with the understanding that you will be changed when you leave.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the weekend brings.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit SpaceandTime.net
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2 Responses to A Decade of Glorious Glorieta

  1. Amy Eye says:

    I seriously think you should become a motivational speaker. I get something out of all of your blogs whether you are talking about something fun or serious or interesting. I’m glad to have met you! :)

  2. Lovely picture and reflections. I don’t suppose you can be anyone but yourself and that’s enough equipment for the job, I think.

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