Today is one of those days where happy events just seem to flow into each other. I bumped into a friend to walk with by the Hudson River this morning. I had just finished telling her about another friend whom I hadn’t seen for a while. He is an aging Vietnam veteran who helped me to understand my son’s reasons for enlisting in the military. I had been worried about this person, as I hadn’t seen him since before Covid. And just after speaking of him, there he was walking his dog! So I flagged him down and we chatted for a while.
As I get older, I have truly come to realize that the best things in my life are my relationships with other people. Some are close like family. Some are random people I have met walking in the park. Some friendships form over bonds of common interest. And some folks, of course, fall into the category of I hope to never see them again, but the negative resonance they brought into my life served to teach me something important. So I hold gratitude for that too!
But if I have learned anything overall, it is that we have more in common than not in common. I don’t draw lines over black and white, because these aren’t really true any way. Some people are shades of brown, tan, peach, burnt sienna, raw umber, cream, and oh, yeah, there was that orange dude in the White House for while. And there is always politics, which can be a good topic to avoid, unless you are open minded and sincerely want to know what motivates another person’s political choices.
Today was a good day for the friendships where I hold common bonds of interest. My friend who walks with me is a very interesting woman. She makes floral wreathes of great beauty. Like me, she drives a school bus. Together we renew our interest in walking and in writing. Together we find inspiration. When we share information of our active intentions – I say, “I am working on a second book!” and she says, “Gee, I am working on a second book too!” -we inspire each other.
I tend to garner artsy and psychic friendships. Just last week I was visiting another friend in Hudson who paints New Age and Wiccan symbols on handbags and totes. She is such a free spirited and fun person that just a few moments in her company is enough for me to shift out of the “daily grind doldrums” and into creative mood myself. It amazes me that she finds me renewing also. Inspiring! That is the word I have been searching for! Inspiring!
So if you have taken the time to read through this blog today, I want to encourage you to think of your most inspiring relationships, and think about what you have taken away from them. In this past week I have taken away inspiration, peace of mind, renewal, and common caring. And then I want you to think about what you give away so freely. In this past week I have given away common caring, inspiration, peace of mind, and renewal. These things may not fill the belly, but they fill the heart, and they do not have a price tag.