While walking through Purgatory with my zealous adventuring friend who has a thing for books, we (really she) decided that we should define what it really means to be on a Red Umbrella Adventure. I wanted to make sure that defining RUA wouldn’t box it in or anything. She assured me it wouldn’t. We talked briefly what it looks like. After she described it from her perspective I made her say some of it again so I could record her. My memory is not the best and I really wanted to get the essence of what she was saying. Don’t worry Kathleen, I am not posting any of that sound bite on here. So what’s A RUA? We came up with three main areas of criteria: Beauty, Connection & Serendipity.
Finding or creating beauty while on a RUA is a must. Beauty can be seen and defined in many ways so you should not have a problem doing this. Take time to take in the little, the detailed beauty. Then step back and notice the large, the big scale beauty. Don’t pass by the beauty too quickly. Take it in. Savor it. You can document it to share it with others, but that is not necessary. Just make sure you share it with your self and those you are with.
RUAs are about connection. You can either go with someone(s), connect with someone while on an adventure or do something that reminds you of someone allowing you to connect to them in some way. Also be willing to connect with the Creator as you find beauty and connection with others.
I never remember the meaning of this word and have to look it up when someone is using it so for those of you like me: Serendipity? When you go on a RUA, you don’t necessarily have to have a fully formed epic plan, but rather you kind of look for the beauty or the connection in the moment and go with it. If you do have a plan, be willing to let go of it when necessary and see what happens. Let the adventure take on a life of its own.
This definition has taken on a life of its own. As you can see above, I started to shorten Red Umbrella Adventures to RUA. So I wondered what other meanings RUA might have. Of course google came into play here and the top three links were not only my favorite, but also seemed to fit real well. (no I did not look at all the links google gave me)
1. Rua is a Hebrew word meaning “to raise a shout, give a blast”. This shout or blast seems to be used in a couple of different ways in the Bible. It is used as a war cry, but also can be used in joy or triumph or distress. When you are going on a RUA you are giving a shout with your red umbrella, your beauty, your connection, your serendipity. Maybe you are giving a shout, a battle cry for life, for healing, for hope, for beauty, for thankfulness because you are coming out of a dark place or are still in one. Maybe you are shouting this cry out for others, to others and are calling them into a place of triumph and joy.
2. Internet Slang for RUA means “Are you alone?” You may be asking yourself, “am I alone?” The answer is --- No, you are not alone. You are never alone, especially when you are RUAing. Or maybe you are asking someone “Are you alone? Do you feel alone? Come with me on a RUA.” Go ahead. Ask. See. Know that you are not alone.
3. Portuguese Word meaning road, seafront, street, way. RUAing takes place on roads. Although these roads do not have to be a road as we know it. It doesn’t have to be paved or dirt or even look like a road, but it is a path, a way of life, an adventure
I was posing with a snowball pretending to throw it at her when all of a sudden she tossed hers in my general direction. My immediate reaction without really thinking was defense so I threw mine at her. The end result was it smashing right on her head. The snow ball she tossed at me didn’t eve hit me. This picture is the middle of that. Too bad a series wasn’t taken and the smashing and her reaction recorded. That would have been funny.