“And for those of you who may be feeling sadness and disconnection with all holiday merriment imagery. Be kind to yourself. You are loved and lovable!” – Gregg Masters
Image courtesy of Hillsong http://www.crossequalslove.com
Almost five years ago on the first day of my first job after graduating from college, a very eloquent orientation speaker read this poem (which I just now accidentally found online) to a group of eager, excited and perhaps secretly nervous new employees. I remember thinking ‘wow, these are powerful words’ and feeling challenged to positively impact my “fellow travelers” – not only at work but also in my family, friendships and greater community. I had the same sentiments today after reading this poem. Frankly, I can do better in spreading happiness and love. What about you?
Buried under multiple layers of covers
Adorned in my thickest snuggly socks
Yet the cold I feel remains untamed
It emanates from my feet, and creeps
To every inch of my body, and seemingly
Manages to penetrate my core.
I can almost feel my heart ice over.
Cold without you
Cold without your feet rubbing mine
Cold without the heart-melting love I feel when your gentle hands glide sensually over the contours of my bare frame
Cold without the passion that abounds when we embrace
Cold without you tonight
I decided to take a casual stroll around my neighborhood this evening to take in the mild temperature and look for something to photograph before another winter storm sets in tomorrow. After overcoming icy, slippery sidewalks, heaps of snow and deep puddles I decided to stop by the intersection of W.Read St. & Park Ave and browse through what the “City Paper” had to say. Unbeknownst to me, it was “The Sex Issue,” how timely huh? Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day (whether you’re with someone or not), and remember the real challenge is to act lovingly and generously every single day, and not just on V-day.
“Without love, living has no meaning.” – Paulo Coehlo
David and I visited the National Botanic Garden in Washington DC a couple of days ago. Being in the warm and humid garden felt like a mini escape from the recent dreary winter weather. Among other things, we saw countless varieties of orchids. I love all sorts of flowers, but orchids are probably my favorite. Here are some pictures. Thanks for stopping by.
Despite not having spent Christmas with my immediate family in nearly 8 years, today was another wonderful holiday. I am very thankful for strangers turned friends who continue to open their homes to me and allow me to feel the warmth and love of family on days such as this. May joy, love, kindness and generosity abound always!