Thursday, January 7, 2010

. . . . . . . . Leaving ALOHA

We returned home to the cold and snow of Utah late last night, so today the house is a mess, none of us (except Tolan who had to work) were up before 9:30am, there are piles of clothes all over the house and the cupboards are bare. Ahh, the joys of returning from vacation!

In leaving the Aloha state, I had very strong emotions. I am leaving the Aloha state's warmth and humidity, which have been so good for my recovery and have helped heal my body. I am leaving the Aloha love of my parents and several siblings. I am leaving the Aloha love of the hundreds of "strangers" who are part of my extended PCC family. I am leaving the Aloha love of my Polynesian brothers and sisters, whose strength, hugs, kindness and warm welcome made me feel at home from the very first day. I am leaving the Aloha spirit of brotherly kindness and genuine concern for those around you. This time, it was very hard to leave Aloha.

My children and I all cried late Tuesday night as we said our good byes to family members and friends before going to bed. The tears were not just because our "vacation" had come to an end, but because the Aloha state had come to feel like our second home. Yes, this time, it was very hard to leave Aloha.

Now my hope is that I can leave ALOHA everywhere I go. I want to demonstrate the Aloha spirit, love, warmth and caring to those around me. I want to help strengthen others, as they have to me. I want to show my love, as they have shown me. I want to provide help, care and genuine consideration for those around me. I want to live my life by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and thereby leave a little Aloha behind wherever I go.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jodi...Welcome back! We have truly missed you guys. It is hard for anyone to leave Hawaii, but it sounds like it was especially hard for you. I'm glad you were able to heal and chill. I hope things will go as well here for you, because we sure don't want our great neighbors packing up and moving to Hawaii!! Can't wait to talk to you. Annette

Els Manning said...

i feel bad for you to come home to this weather. So gloomy and sooo cold.
Do hollar if you need anything. And consider yourself hugged...
Welcome home!

Kristen said...

Jodi,
So glad you got to travel here! I know we've never met, but I wish I knew you were her in the islands so I could give you a hug!

Sending lots of aloha for you to share. ;)

Kris

britt said...

I can totally relate to the feelings you are having, leaving that unique and wonderful place, so full of THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA. Unless you have TRULY experienced it, it is hard to really know the feeling. I would move back there in a heart-beat, IF we could afford it!!
I'm so glad you got to go for such a long time. welcome home :)