Little Joys Ch.35

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 4th, 2020

Seeing a loved one again after a long time apart is blissful. There is nothing more comforting, to just hold them again and let your guard down.

A few minutes with someone who cares for you can be a profoundly healing experience.

Remember to always be appreciative of the time and care others choose to give to you.

Little Joys Ch.26

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

January 26th, 2020

 

As I was relaxing along the beach last night, enjoying the rolling waves soothing presence, I noticed two young people behind me talking.

Now talking is an interesting word in this context, because from what I could see and hear, neither of them could speak each others language, and their English was barely existent. What followed was nearly a half hour of each of them talking into their phones, translating, and sharing their answers with each other.

It looked utterly exhausting, and it was absolutely adorable.

Seeing people try to break through barriers like language and attempt to connect is a beautiful thing. It is extremely difficult, and can often fail, but I have heard stories of people who met and could not communicate at all eventually marrying and having children!

It’s a delight to see that people are willing to put themselves out there and look foolish just to try to get to know another human being.

Little Joys Ch.12

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

January 15th, 2020

There is nothing more bittersweet then parting ways with someone you have come to care deeply for. In my travels I have met some pretty awesome people, but a few have really wormed their way into my heart and leaving them has been rough.

Having the opportunity to meet them has been a true joy though, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have made deep connections with others as I journey around getting to know different cultures and places.

To love and to hold someone, look deeply inside their eyes and see a kindred spirit, is really something incomparable to other experiences in this world.

 

Family is more than blood

Throughout the ages there have been countless horrible deeds committed in the name of family.

People have defended monsters simply because they happened to share the same blood. They have put up with family members who have brought them down to the lowest rungs of despair, and for what? because they happened to be related genetically.

With the holidays upon us, I think it would be prudent for people to re-evaluate their concepts of family.

Family should be something you build, based on trust and respect,a sharing of values.

It should be about caring deeply for the person sitting across from you, regardless of whether or not they are your blood relative.

If someone in your family is a horrible influence on you, cut them out.

If someone brings joy and security into your life, then bind them to you as family.

Don’t let something meaningless like genes tie you to those who do nothing for you, create your own sphere of love and experience life to the fullest with those you truly respect.