Several years ago, I interviewed Jeanne Marie Laskas, a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, who wrote the weekly column Significant Others.
I asked her how she came up with a column topic every week for over 14 years.
She said her ideas came from thinking about what moved or touched her that week.
I often ask myself the same question when trying to come up with a blog topic.
What has caused an emotional reaction in me?
The answer to that question came instantly this morning — the stunning beauty all around me.
I confess I wondered if we’d made the right decision while driving through the desolate landscape near the Colorado/Utah border.
It felt like we were driving through a Western movie set and I worried we’d get caught up in a train robbery — even though there wasn’t a train in sight.
I scanned the barren landscape looking for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Matt Dillon, Miss Kitty, Doc and Festus from Gunsmoke.
What have we done? I wondered.
All that changed a few hours later when we met our daughter Sara and our friend Peggy at the front door of our new house.
The beauty around us is astounding.
I’ve never yearned to live in the mountains. In fact, I’ve always felt more comfortable in a busy city.
When I moved to Washington, D.C., my dad couldn’t understand why I wanted to stay.
“When are you moving home to Utah?” He always asked.
The more years that went by, the more Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia felt like home.
Utah wasn’t home to me. It was where our families lived — a place we visited.
But, after 37 years, something changed.
Now, surprisingly, Utah is where we live.
We’re not planning to pack our bags at the end of this vacation and go back home to Virginia.
Utah is our new home.
And, we’re learning there’s a lot to love about living here.
At the top of the list are our “significant others.” We’re surrounded by people we love.
So, what caused an emotional reaction in me this week?
Living near our daughters and son-in-law, my mom, our brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and … all this beauty.