The Feel Good Idea Of The Day: Treasure
Emily Dickinson sure has it right on this front.
It's the temporary nature of life which makes living so sweet.
Here is my friend, Leah. Look at her. Look at this picture! Big sky. Big clouds.
She is taken in by the beauty and the bittersweetness of the moment,
her face to the sky in surrender, allowing her full presence to the moment.
It was a fine day.
As I look back at this picture, many years later. I remember this fine day. We were on a lovely car ride and walk-about with Leah's Grandfather, Mother, and Uncle. I was so lucky to get to be along for the ride. Leah and I have been friends since we were little kids, and hearing her stories of her love of Montana…the beauty and the bigness. We were finally there together, seeing it and traipsing around. Leah lived in California at the time of this picture, and heading out to Montana was a big trip for her…time off work, the whole kit and caboodle. The work to get here, and the pure temporariness of it...I see her soaking it all in. May we allow ourselves the opportunity to be embraced by the beauty of the moment, while softly knowing it will never happen again. May we allow the simultaneous symphony of presence and loss to carry us back to ourselves again and again.