Some days are easy going and good and somehow we arrive at the end of it a little wiser, happier, or maybe the same but unscathed. Then there are days we question our very worth and sometimes we don’t even know or understand why we derailed off the happy train. It’s those days that we need the extra kindness of friends and strangers, a smile, an acknowledgement that you are seen and even valued. We need a beautiful sight, a flower, a tree, a child, a beautiful human, something funny, the water or the forest, or at least the memory of such.
We need to give our smile to someone else because they may be feeling the same and need a little confirmation, a little love, too. You can never know the complete affect your little act of kindness can have on the world. So today, as easy or as confusing as it may be, I choose to let the universe flow through me as a confirmation that life is beautiful. And, I vow to let the people I love and the strangers I make eye contact with, feel valued and seen, and acknowledged. So I ask you to just smile at someone, make eye contact and say hi, you just never know! Let’s be better humans!
Photo taken somewhere on Puget Sound between Kitsap and Seattle
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.
– Herb Caen
I find this very intriguing.
Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about inaccurate perceptions,
and how we view ourselves is often not how we come across to others.
Halvorson’s latest book is “No One Understands You And What To Do About It”
I’ve become mesmerized lately by following the
magical work of Richard Koci Hernandez.
His photos tell a magical, mysterious story and
I can’t get enough. Every day I look forward to his
latest post on Instagram. Take time to enjoy it.
“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.” Albert Camus
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Find beauty in clouds. Of people. Of minds.
And what lies underneath?
The best advice I’ve ever received is “No one else knows what they’re doing either”.
So, so true.
Relishing the last day of summer enjoying a rare moment doing nothing
but leisurely reading a New York Times magazine article about Lena
Dunham…turning real paper pages (usually I’m always reading from a
phone screen) as the last rays of a disappearing summer filters through
the window rendering tree shadows.
“You will have bad times,
but they will always wake you up
to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to”
Robin Williams – RIP
“Everything good proceeds from enthusiasm.”
– Brian Eno