What happened? Same sort of thing seems to have happened to a lot of people I have met here. People who experience this place, having previously experienced other places, find this valley gives their life a boost and their spirit a lift. In short, it polishes the soul.
This seems like an issue it is worth exploring. What is it exactly that is at work here? We could all do with a nice shiny polished soul. This could be useful. Here is a theory, or more accurately, a compilation of casual cocktail and dinner party research. A rough summary of what other, more thoughtful, people have told me they think is at work.
Here we all live with a very powerful version of mother nature and it affects people. Nature rules and there is a lot of physical energy: Geothermal, solar, magnetic, wind and water all are formidable forces. Nothing mystical about that; expected at high altitude on the side of an active volcano on the continental divide, where the ground shakes and some magnetic tugs are so strong they move cars up hill.
If you live here, you get to dance to natures beat and nature is a teacher like no other. For the godly, dancing to natures beat reminds us we are mortal, we are small, we are part of an inter-connected ecosystem.
This means just like the bees and the butterflies we better get on with it. Get out there and do what we need to do. Build our legacy with a sense of urgency and remember that bricks and mortar are easily leveled: A snake, a flood, disease, lighting strike or eruption is not far away.
Today is the only given. Live each day like it could be your last, risk taking is relative, focus on things nature can not take away.