- The transformative nature of a true friendship. Maybe I say that every year. Maybe it’s true. This year I fell into a group of women that have changed who I am. Or rather, enhanced who I am. My approach to the day, my writing, even my other friendships have been positively impacted by this gift delivered to my cyber doorstep.
- The strength of my marriage vow. Marriage is, as they say, hard. My husband and I have been together for eight and a half years, and married for five. In that time, we’ve gone to bed angry, we’ve pouted for days, we have walked through these years with the various ups and downs of partnership. Our relationship is often very easy, but in the times when it’s not, I am reminded again and again that it is worth it.
- The power of a well-written sentence.
- The healing of a deep-tissue massage.
- Experience. How it changes you and how it doesn’t. Sometimes you give life, and you feel numb. Sometimes, you go to the other side of the world and the most important sight is the heartbreak of another American in the van. Sometimes you lose someone, and the grief of that causes you to gasp for breath years later. What you’re sure will change the topography of your heart, might not. And vice versa.
- The importance of story telling. The internet gives millions and millions of people a voice. This never ceases to amaze me. I believe in story telling, no matter the form.
- Naps. Journaling. Soothing the day with cookies.
- Putting your money where your mouth is, figuratively speaking. If I’m going to hold true to my principles, this requires a follow through on the other side. There is no “other.” There is not “someone else.”
Things are old and then new again. Life is very, very complicated. Life is very, very simple.
The holidays officially start this week. I believe.