I have been back in North Carolina for a couple of weeks now having just returned from a lovely month-long visit with The Magical Creatures and their fabulous parents. I cannot relay to you how blessed I feel to be able to share in their day-to-day existence since retirement. To just hang out with them for extended periods of time is a priceless gift.
Yesterday The Youngest Magical Creature (she’s five) sent me some wonderful photos and opened up a video chat because she wanted to see me and talk to me. We had a few technical issues at first but she was persistent and soon Mommy had it all sorted out for us.
For the next half-hour, we chatted as she inhaled her favorite afternoon snack of turtle-shaped homemade chicken nuggets with ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup.
To say this was the highlight of my day would be a massive understatement.
For you see the lesson here isn’t fancy or elaborate. It’s the most simple thing. Reach out.
Let the Humans who are important to you know you are thinking about them, missing them, wanting to share everyday moments with them. Like eating turtle-shaped homemade chicken nuggets with ketchup. You don’t need to wait until there is a special occasion or when you have ‘news’.
Every day is sacred. Our ordinary life a blessing. To understand there are Humans in this world thinking of you right this minute with Love is extraordinary. And we should share these moments as often as possible. These Extraordinary Ordinary Moments.
Those are the bits and pieces of Time that construct Our Lives. The places where we are our Real Selves. The moments when Grace washes over us and we are whole.
Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to the Humans you hold in your hearts. Even if the only thing you are sharing is a moment in time, a snack, with ketchup all over your face.
Trust me — you will make someone’s day.