I haven’t been able to write very easily lately. I’ve been distracted by many voices, been lost in love, swimming in the deeps of important conversations, heightened emotions. That’s to say nothing about continued life transitions. Through it all though I’ve had this short love letter forming inside of me. I want to write to all you rebels against society’s apathy and stagnant wastelands, to those of you who won’t take no-love for an acceptable norm, to those of you who seek beauty as a way to survive but don’t advertise it—you just live it. I see you.
You gorgeous revolutionary hearts who delight in the small treasures in life, waking to your loved ones, harvesting from the garden, catching sight of the daily rhythm of sun and moon, being in the presence of friends. Some might call it boring, the steadiness of a life that warms to the kindness of sunlight and the particular taste of food grown in the backyard soil. If that’s boring, count me in, let me be like you.
And you, please, don’t stop. Stay with us. To echo King Solomon—let us hear your voice, let us see your face. Bore our brains out with your steady presence. You are so needed.
Rumi once wrote, “Let yourself become living poetry.” If I could speak right to such a heart, as I write of above, who felt a little deficient in what you might be offering the world today I’d expound on his words to say, let yourself know that you simply are living poetry. You are alive and you are beautiful. Your inner caverns fascinate, your stormy seas—so often unwitnessed—still inspire awe, your smile nourishes goodness in the heavens beyond your imagination.
Steadiness like salty seas and tall trees, they give us a place to play, they point the way.
Words I’ve been holding close lately:
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. –Elie Wiesel
Indifference comes in many forms. I’ve been observing so many of you gorgeous people and I’m thinking maybe the greatest safeguard to every kind of indifference is extreme appreciation. I see appreciation in you and I just want to fill up your bucket a bit today too and say, I appreciate you. Earth and all her people, need you. You are the salt. You are trees.
Who do you appreciate today for their everyday love? Don’t forget to remind them how revolutionary and world-changing it is!
Usually photos are all mine but the ones playing in the trees with my Joshua are credit due to Jennifer Myers 🙂