The past few days have been chock full of emotions. I’ve had a dear friend dealing with extreme sorrow, another who was feeling almost like hope was lost in making life changes, another who is coming to terms with a new health condition, and a few relatives with some pretty serious health issues going on. Then there was my stuff. I’d been dealing with deep confusion about a few issues of my own, some big time fatigue, and feeling concerned as well as pained for those going through difficult times. Keep reading though…this is not a heavy post…no matter how it looks now.
In addition to all of the above, I’ve also been filled with gratitude. Gratitude for having these dear friends and family in my life. For being able to lend an open ear, a shoulder, to give love and support, to help out in some way. Gratitude for those in my life who spend a Saturday morning on the phone sharing their dreams and those who trust me enough to share their hearts with me. Thankful for those who make me smile even when it hasn’t been a great day, the people who fill my heart with love and happiness. I’ve realized that my life is enriched with wonderful people with whom I’m so blessed to share coffee and people watching, philosophical discussions, walks, goofy antics which border on embarrassing, late night chats, game nights, creative ideas, sometimes tears, and a special thanks to the ones with whom belly laughs are a common occurrence.
It occurred to me tonight how amazing contrasts can be. These past several days have been filled with emotions and experiences so markedly from opposite ends of the spectrum that at times my head felt like it was spinning. You know what? I have no complaints, because each and every experience is a different facet of love. I’m thinking that all of you know who you are, and even though I am very open with saying this…I want to say it again…I love each of you dearly.
Have any of you had similar realizations about the different ways in which love and joy manifest in our lives?