I’m writing these words tonight about an hour away from Independence Day in the USA. Firecrackers are booming already in my neighborhood, and they have been for hours. Someone has started celebrating early.
I’ll go out after I write these words and likely catch a few sparkly scenes. Free riding off someone else’s joy. Not a bad way to live sometimes.
I think there is something in the sharing.
Last week I made a post on social media, asking people to tell me something good. Over a hundred comments later, I felt enriched and buoyed by somebody else’s joy.
Lots of someones actually. Turns out I have several friends who appreciate the everyday things, too.
So, in their honor tonight, I’ll list more than five good things tonight. These were things that friends mentioned and I bet you will find something here to claim, too:
Planting flowers and trees
Bookstores and time to look
Eating four BLTs ( no judging…it’s homegrown tomato time here)
Garage clean outs
Time with loved ones ( this one was repeated over and over)
Biking on a New Orleans street
A gift of lavender from a market vendor
Petting a zebra
“Praying with a grateful heart”—that one from an art friend who I think of tonight and say “Amen.”
May you find huge lists of good things today and every day. And may we all remember that these everyday moments hold a lot of magic. They are gifts. Without them, life would be dark indeed.
I hope those readers in the USA will celebrate freedom tomorrow. It has nothing to do with doing what we want and everything to do with doing what is right.
Happy Independence Day! As my mom always said to my ever present eye roll: Happy 4th of Julie! Who knows why… haha…
but I think of her every single year and smile.
Be safe and well and strong, dear readers. 🌟