Think often of the connections you have with others. The shared joy of an amazing moment, the quietness of a deep friendship. Do not dim down the expressions of love that come raging through your body like the sudden appearance of a thunderstorm. Stand in bliss in the torrential downpour that catches you unaware. The dangerously beautiful lightning bolt that rips through the atmosphere like scissors to paper. Get lost in the moment. Do not hold onto your joy jealously, but live it. Take the time to marvel at the softness of a baby’s skin, the warmth of a horse’s soft breath, notice with awe the blaze of color that a field of dandelions provides. Take time to truly appreciate the miracles of this earth that are present all around; the cycle of a plant going seed-to-seed. Spend 5 minutes watching the way steam spirals out of a cup of coffee or tea, marvel at the way heat is felt from a flame, and it seeps into your bones. How truly amazing is life, how lucky are you to be alive to experience this? There is always beauty and hope, even among a devastating drought, or a war, or a wildfire. You don’t even need to look for it, it is just there, waiting to be noticed.
We are alive, and meant to experience the profound mystery of life. We have the innate ability to appreciate beauty, create it, be it.
I am happy to know you, to have had a passing word with you, perhaps a shared moment. And I thank you for what gifts you have given me. Be aware that you pass through my thoughts. Maybe not as much as another, perhaps more often. I pray you are well, and always seeking more; seeking growth. Take a moment today to notice something beautiful, that brings you joy. Whatever that might be.