The Influx

By Jonathan Hilton

Day 68

In life there aren’t many experiences which bring large numbers of positive people into your life at once.  Each person making a lasting impact on you, whether it is big or small.  If you are a reader of this blog, then you have noticed my absence recently.

The great crew from camp after an unexpected dip in the lake. It cost me a phone but it was well worth it.
The great crew from camp after an unexpected dip in the lake. It cost me a phone but it was well worth it.

I had great intentions of being able to keep writing while working the hours that this great experience requires for the short-term.  Unfortunately life has gotten in the way, and my intermittent contributions will have to do until the middle of August.

Inspiration comes from life, and I think that to live your life to the fullest and gather the lessons that each day has to teach, you need other people in it.  There is a sign in my current office which I did not put there, but it serves to remind me about the impact that people have.  It states. “Everyone brings joy to this office.  Some when they enter. Some when they leave. ”  I have found these words to be true.

My current occupation is as an administrator at a small summer camp in Maine.  It is a fantastic place, and the staff that works here consists of tremendous young people.  I often hear people complain about the younger generation and the fact that they lack work ethic or morals.  I would challenge them to spend a day with the counselors at our camp.  You would be bowled over by character, determination, hard work and just plain decency.  They are all good kids who contribute greatly to the successful running of the camp.

Selfishly, the influx of all of these great people has made me a better person.  All people get down, and need an encouraging word from time to time.  Without even knowing that they are doing it, almost without exception this group of young people has encouraged me daily, and inspired me not only to advocate for them, but to remember my younger self and the dreams and inspiration that come along with it.

Often times as life moves along we tend to minimize the number of people in our lives as we become set in our ways and interests.  I know that I have been less likely to venture out of that comfort zone to stretch to try new things.  This entire experience has been a stretch and a growing experience.  I know that it is only for a short season, which gives me the strength to carry on through all difficult circumstances and also reminds me to cherish the moments that do come along.

Each and every person in this adventure, those that are here and those that have moved on have made an incredible impact on my life in a very short time.   From the owners to the girl who washes the clothes.  I am truly lucky to have been able to be impacted by these great people.  I am sure that just as quickly as we all came together, we will all separate at the end of the summer, but  the memories of this experience will last with me for the rest of my life.


11 thoughts on “The Influx”

  1. I was wondering when you’d come back to report the reason of your hiatus 😉 If not, I’d have messaged you or something. Glad to see you come back with an awesome post! Enjoy your summer Jon!
    By the way, I’ll be in Maine for 5 days soon 🙂 So excited!!

    1. I know I kind of disappeared, it has been a whirlwind of events, it feels like every day here is like a week in the real world, so much happens. I think it would make an excellent reality tv show. There are a lot of great people, but a lot of great stories. I think this experience will lead to my first book, it is just full of experiences. When are you coming? Where are you going? It would be ashamed if you were in my area and we didn’t even meet for a moment!! I will be busy but perhaps I can coordinate a day off with meeting up for some real Maine tour guiding for you and yours, or at least I can find you a decent Maine place to visit. By the way, I still glance at tranquil dreams every day, I just don’t have the time to comment at all. I haven’t seen tv in about a month, so all of your reviews make me miss entertainment. 🙂 Hopefully I will be able to blog about this experience more. Great to hear from you Kim, your comments definitely made me smile.

        1. you can email me at, you can message me on Facebook on my page, I will send you my number and you can call or text, really no problem. I am excited to hear about where you are staying and when you will be here. The sooner the better because I make the day off schedule so I can most often get the day off I want. 🙂

  2. Welcome back, Jon. Rarasaur and I were wondering what happened. Sounds like you are recharging with some positive energy. Love the sign in your office. Sounds like an interesting book. Glad you are inspired. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

    1. Thank you so much BG, it has been quite a learning experience and great fodder for writing. I have been keeping up with all of your projects and am amazed at how much you do. As good as this has been as a learning experience, I will be glad when it is over, because I miss being able to have time to write, read and have a life. 🙂

      1. Good to hear from you, and look forward to your return. Keep a notebook handy for all of your experiences & moments of inspiration. Xx

    1. No doubt you will, I am keeping track of all the details so that I can write a novel about this experience and make millions of dollars!! I miss seeing your comments and guessing about the life.

  3. Have fun at camp. 😉 And have a terrific summer. The queen, little prince and I will be in Maine (Bar Harbor) at the end of August for a wedding… quite the little summer our new addition is having too.
    Completely agree that everyone who comes into and goes out of our lives does so for a reason – part of the “everything happens for a reason” mantra that I do my best to trust in. (Sometimes that’s harder than others.) I’m glad you are having such a wonderful experience this summer and getting to see that the younger generation is completely as “useless” as they are made out to be. I think we act when called upon as humans, and when it is that generations time to shine they will step forward and deliver. Just as every generation has before.

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