Jane was on a ten-day trek to Machu Picchu.
Towards the end of this life-affirming adventure, the expedition paused to rest in a tiny village on the side of a remote mountain. In front of one of the simple, ancient houses sat an old woman, quietly and proudly preparing her family’s evening meal. She exuded calmness, contentment, health and purpose. Jane was drawn to her and introduced herself.
During the short conversation that followed, Jane said to her, via an interpreter, ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how old are you?’
The woman looked directly into Jane’s eyes, smiled and gave a simple yet profound response:
‘I don’t know, but I am well.’