Holiday music brings introspection and makes me think about what I love most about life. I thought I’d take the time to share with you the top ten reasons I love life:
My kids. They were started as a part of me and we spent years growing up together. Now they have turned into these amazing adults who have tremendous compassion for others and make me laugh.
My husband. Every time I hear his voice I smile, and I love holding his hand. We hear each other’s thoughts, and are each others’ greatest fans.
My family and friends. Just when I start to feel down, a family member or friend will reach out and make me smile. Family and friends remind me that I’m never alone on this journey – there’s always a fellow heart to which I can connect and draw strength.
My God. A spirit that cares enough to put such detail into the construction of an orchid or creates a creature as beautiful as the owl puts my mind at ease. There is a gentle power that is always with me no matter what the circumstance.
Birds. I have an affinity to birds for a variety of reasons, but they’ve always been there to lift my heart when I get too grounded in minutia. Their song and flight reminds me that I can soar.
Laughter. There’s nothing I love more than to laugh with someone else. In that moment we are connected by pure joy, and all pain is obliterated. Laughter is the best anesthetic.
Music. It breaks down language barriers and drives straight to the heart. I always thought Spielberg was a genius in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” for making music the connector language. Music brings us together.
Writing. The ability to connect with others through language is a privilege and something I cherish with my heart and soul. Without it our generation would not have known Helen Keller or Mark Twain. Words carry people through time and generations, and we get to meet them as if they are standing in front of us.
Tears. The fact that we cry because we’ve hurt someone, or miss someone, or are simply touched by a moment shows how passionately we care. Tears are proof that we mean something to each other.
Dreaming. Compile all of the facts in the world and they would stand on their own – but could they fly? Imagination provides the wings, and I’m grateful that we can dream beyond what we know. It verifies, to me, that life is limitless –that a Creator cared enough to give us wings that take our thoughts beyond what is directly in front of us. Imagination is the first hint of eternity.
I’d love to know why you love life. Happy Holidays, everyone!