We went outside to get some fresh air and to enjoy the sunshine. Spring is unfolding and feels so good. I am loving the light filled days and scents wafting through the air and love being away from screens and news.
Juliana got out the good chalk for us, that we had been saving, to use to doodle on the sidewalk. We started with an idea and then we both get to creating, adding on to each others’ design with color and texture. I enjoyed our collaboration and seeing how beautifully our creation came together.
How will you take a break today?
I wish you joy today and always.
I’m surprised I didn’t take up blogging again as a hobby during this Great Pandemic, that we are still in.
I wonder when it will be safe to wander and visit again and I am hoping very soon, as I have not seen my extended family in more than a year and many hugs are awaiting.
For now, we shall wait. Together.
Sending virtual hugs and peace and love to you and all who wait, together. 💛
There were two discussions on social media that gathered a lot of attention. One was from a dog owner who was upset that someone called the police because they were unhappy with the dogs being off leash at the nearby elementary school where being off leash is prohibited.
The other story was about a patron of Costco who was angry because a Costco employee insisted they wear a face mask before entering, which is the current rule for all who enter.
Both people sharing their stories were very upset with the restrictions on their freedom that they did not choose, which brings me to tonight’s post about the definition of freedom.
One way to think of freedom is freedom to or freedom from. For example, one has the freedom to smoke and one desires the freedom from smoke. When one’s freedom choice infringes on the freedom of another, we might think about the greater good. If one’s freedom to do something infringes on another’s freedom from something, that’s a good time to consider others for the greater good of humanity. One is not wrong for wanting to practice their individual right however creating peace in this world some times involves self sacrifice for the greater good.
Let’s practice respecting the other and considering when we can let go of our own personal rights for the sake of the greater good in our communities, as we can.
What new things are you trying while under quarantine?
We’re trying to figure out if our cats would like to go for walks with us.
So far, so good! I think she liked the feeling of the warm sidewalk and sniffing the dirt. Maybe tomorrow she’ll want to explore a little further with us.
Where the sidewalk ends, there is hope of something new and unexpected and beautiful.
There’s so much to see in this magnificent world.
Surrender to the unknown and let go of fear. Thy will be done.
Here I Am.
I Am. This is enough.
You are too. You are enough.
I finished this book today and I loved Glennon Doyle’s perspective. Thank you Glennon for sharing your truth and love with us, the world.
A negative mind will never give you a positive life.
This was what was sitting on our table at the tea shop. I love quotes and sayings that make me think.
Last week I was lucky enough to share tea with Jessie. She’s in junior high school and we’ve been friends since before she was born.
We used to paint our nails together and go on nature walks, playing with and picking up the fallen leaves in the neighborhood.
For Christmas a couple years ago, I gave her gift cards to get bubble teas, which all the kids love around here in Silicon Valley.
A couple weeks ago, I shared a picture of her via text, from our joint family vacation, that made me smile as I relived the joy from that day. I casually mentioned letting me know if she wanted to get away for a tea date.
She texted me back, smiling from the memories and later texted again asking if I wanted to go for tea on Friday. My schedule was full and I said yes. Creating space for joy and intention and connection is on my priority list. I texted her mom to be sure it was okay. I love having things to anticipate and this brought great joy.
Friday came and the two of us headed out for our date. We sat and shared our drinks, popcorn chicken and conversation without cell phones interrupting us. We didn’t want to go back.
I loved this moment and hearing about her life. I’m sure glad she wasn’t too busy and chose to want to spend time with me and tea.
Thanks Jessie for making my day.
Life is good.
“Live righteously and love everyone; you will build up around you an aura of light and love.”
If we’re all doing the right thing and not just for ourselves, but for the greater good, we’ll be part of the creation of the beautiful world we live in.Be the light.
Be the love.
This is us.
Happy Friday, BeLoveRs.