I recently re-read an old post The Rapture of Being Alive and decided to capture moments of rapture from the past week. For me, experiences of rapture are more than just feel-good moments – they are experiences that open us up, they invite vulnerability, and they make us more freely available to others.
From the past 7 days…
I felt it with Michelle yesterday, as we got deep into conversation about kids and sports and cell phones and growing up.
I felt it when I texted Dad about the Chaos Walking movie.
I felt it last weekend when Joe and Jack and I were climbing in Boulder Canyon.
I felt it with Quinn at the coffee shop this week, talking about the photography on the walls.
I felt it with Luca this morning, hiking up to the Royal Arch in Boulder, discussing career and friendship and spooky tales of haunted houses.
I felt it last week at lunch with the CFO/COO of the Colorado Mountain Club. Jacob shared some inspiring mountaineering stories, interspersed with business challenges they’re tackling at CMC.
I even felt it playing fetch with the dog, and tug-of-war with a rag.
These are older than 7 days…
I feel it on every exec hike with Geoff.
I feel it every time the Zen Mustache crew takes the stage for a performance. And any time we get together to play music, even if it’s just in the garage.
I felt it riding my bike on paths through the nature preserves south of Chicago.
I felt it camping by myself in the back of the truck, listening to insects chirping and the wind in the forest.
I felt it visiting the Field of Dreams in Iowa.
I felt it laying flooring at my parent’s house, crawling around on my knees, moving appliances, and listening to country music.
Looking at the list above, trying to extract what’s in common. It’s not about the specific activity. Seems that rapture comes from two places:
- It’s about who I’m with and the openness of that relationship, or:
- It’s about being open to the moment at hand and immersing completely in the experience – not worried about other things – so the focus is completely present.
Those are moments of rapture, and it turns out they are everywhere.