Prompt: 9 Favorite Things…..
Nine of my favorite things in no particular order:
1-Grace—Grace, to me, is synonymous with kindness, gentleness, forgiveness…I’m always grateful when grace is visited upon me…whether through serendipity or through the openheartedness of a friend or stranger, grace helps me to believe in tomorrow.
2-Serendipity and synchronicity because they’re reminders that there is magic all around us! Every time someone calls soon after they’ve crossed my mind, or the answer to a question just drops in my lap, or something that seemed difficult comes together with shocking ease…and on and on…these small bursts of magic are like fairy dust being sprinkled into ordinary life! And every time I feel even a hint of that magic, I say thank you and I hope for more.
3-Love…Love comes in so many forms and flavors and textures! And the thing I appreciate most about love is that, if you give it an inch, it’ll give you a mile! Love grows exponentially. I love that love needs very little oversight. Once rooted, it takes off and spreads into every corner that it can possibly reach. It’s like the dandelion of the emotions, strong, hearty and persistent. And, like the dandelion, it can be added to anything and consumed in its entirety!
4-Laughter…I’m talking about a specific kind of laughter. A chuckle, a giggle, a snort…they’re ok. But they don’t make my day. I love the once in a while, the all too infrequent laughter that consumes me. It’s the laughter that takes over and will not be controlled or sushed for anyone. Not always , but sometimes, it comes at a completely inappropriate, almost rude moment…which adds so much to its intensity! When it visits, speech is next to impossible. Tears run down my face. Even breathing is a struggle. And when that kind of laughter subsides, it feels like the end of a strenuous workout. I miss that kind of laughter.
5-Soul connections….These are the moments when you meet someone and it feels like you’ve known each other forever. It’s so stunningly beautiful to recognize yourself in someone completely new! I’ve been gifted with a few of these friendships and my immediate thought is always…”Where’ve you been all these years? It’s about time you’ve shown up!”
6-Light…Light or illumination is soul food. It shows us what the next step should be in our individual sojourn. Light burns through the mists of ambiguity, allowing elevation and perspective! While love supports us, light guides us.
7-Generosity…Generosity of spirit is a biggie. As someone with a lifelong physical disability, I have had to rely on the generosity of others repeatedly throughout my life. I have had to ask for help over and over and over. Sometimes it’s no big deal. But other times it can be soul crushing. People who are willing to help others regardless of where it falls on the “pain in the ass” spectrum have generosity of spirit in spades!
8-Warm summer rain…. Whenever I experience warm summer rain, I also, without fail, experience “hiraeth”. The photo below explains it far better than I ever could…
9-Chocolate… which clearly needs no explanation at all!
It should be noted that my husband is not on the list because what I feel for him and about him is more than any list can hold and deeper than any language can accommodate. He encompasses all of the above and more. To put him on a list would be to minimize the immense gift that he is and has always been to all he meets, but especially to me.
I wish you days full of all of my favorite things. And, of course, I’m so glad you’re here 💜
The #10minchallenge is hosted by Tammy Breitweiser