A Rather Lovely Essay About MY TIPI!
MONUMENT, CO -- Dreams happen! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
What can I say? I always wanted to own a tipi and I finally made it happen!
For years, I dreamed of having a tipi that I could live and relax in, but
I always created excuses and submitted to self-limiting
beliefs: "I donít have the money." "Iíll
never know how to build one!" "I wonít
have any place to put it." "What?
While taking a self-empowerment class called
Horizons in September 1999,
I was greatly challenged to identify and work towards personal dreams that I have always entertained. Immediately, I remembered my on-going desire to own a tipi and was now determined to make it happen!
Anyhow, once I made the
commitment to build my tipi, the mechanics of making it happen were easy! I can not believe
I waited so stinking long!
Right now the tipi in situated in a friend's backyard in Monument, Colorado, and every few months or so I host tipi parties! Many nights I am out there just laying on the floor, staring mesmerized at the
fire in the middle, just reflecting on life, God, and other things worth pondering.
By the way, I can fit about 15 to 20 people comfortably in my tipi. So you must come
to Colorado so you can visit my tipi. I see your future visit this way Ė you deserve to have your
very own special night in my tipi!
Just picture it: You are eating smores as an exquisite fire keeps you warm. You enjoy the telling of The Story of the Golden Goats Milk, and maybe, just maybe, participating in a very special 'Goats Milk
Tribal Ceremony'! :)
Oh, you should know this! When I first built my tipi, I declared myself my own race of
people, separate from all other ethnicities of the world. What is my new race, you ask? Iím a
Garufite. All I need to do is find a wife who is willing to have a lot of babies and before
you know it, within a few generations, there will be thousands of Garufites! We will be our
own race of people, a mighty nation to be reckoned with! Youíll see. And the key tribal function
of my race will be all the girls get to play chess with me! :)
One last thing. I must give special thanks to Scotty Lord, who let me construct my tipi
in his backyard. Also, Jeff Taylor, Mike Dziezic, Eric Schwartz and the entire Horizons 16
community receive thanks for their tremendous support in this improbable task. Thanks everyone! :)
(So I finally got a picture of my tipi on my web site. Why not just come to Colorado
Springs and see it in person?)