Doi Suthep Mountain in Chiang Mai is where the story hit bottom emotionally, as we ascended upward. No good story can begin without a good cup of coffee. The secret in Thailand for good coffee is to always assure your getting the real thing. Often hotels and restaurants want to replace their delicious home grown coffee with instant. Well, we were pleasantly surprised to find a coffee shop on the mountaintop on one of the hardest days emotionally for us. We were facing harsh rejection from people we loved. This caused pain, confusion, anxiety, and depression. It couldn’t have been a better day for some coffee comfort.
We had a free day as a family and decided to head up into the clouds to Doi Suthep mountain. We opened the car door and we were surrounded by fog and the cool air blew on our faces. We were instantly greeted by the Hmong people in their traditional wear with their beautiful jewelry for sale and smiling faces of children playing to the side.
We looked ahead at a trail that went to the top of the mountain near a waterfall that flowed through poppy fields. We stopped for a traditional Thai tea but was surprised to find fresh brewed Chaang Doi coffee. A personal favorite!
As we sat admiring the view, our children played with the Hmong kids, learned to shoot a bow and arrow, and ran trough the poppy fields. My heart began to feel the weight of pain drip and fade away. Each time the wind blew its breeze on me, the cool air felt like waves of refreshment and hope of healing.
This is what I came to realize in the quiet of that day:
I’d like to say that the pain stayed behind on that mountain that day but honestly it took a few more mountain top experiences and hugs from loved one for the pain to no longer be felt. But, that day did come.
Are you suffering from pain today? What part of nature speaks peace to you?