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.