Names carved into Bamboo at the Chinese Friendship Garden. Sydney, Australia.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like that about spare moments.
Uh, yeah, you think? Hahaha! My husband thinks he’s so funny.
Staircase in the Vatican. Rome, Italy
When my son was very young, say four or five years old, I told him that one of the greatest gifts a person could ever receive was the chance to say I love you too. “Because if you get to say, I love you too it means that someone else said, I love you, first.” After that, he would often follow up his “I love you too’s” with “Hey, Mommy, I win!”
When I wrote this he was much older, a much taller than me, deep-voiced, hulking, athletic teen — with a girlfriend, friends, team mates, school, video games, interests, etc. You know, a life of his own and with a lot of childhood things left behind.
Then one day, a few years ago, my husband and I were traveling in India and something about standing alone, amongst the many, in the din of this Indian street corner caused me to miss the few — my children. Finally, I managed to get enough signal to send a text home so; I sent my son an “I love you” text. A few minutes later I got an “I love you too” response and then, a second later, a second text that said, “Hey, Mom, I win!”
I lost my breath, and my heart fluttered…he remembered. I let him think he won but in that brief moment, I had my five-year-old boy looking up at me and holding my hand (as we crossed a busy street) and telling me…he loved me too.
Hey, Son…I win.
For me, editing an image is personal, no matter how much (or how little) is involved I hope to do it in a way that makes you understand how I felt in that moment. More than anything else, I want you to feel it.
“We ate well and cheaply and we drank well and cheaply and we slept well and warm together and loved each other.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions but in the spirit of the hour I can always remind myself of these things…March 31, 2017
If you want to do something to improve your happiness this year work everyday to be less judgmental.
If you have the chance to lift someone up — take it.
When things get difficult find a way to laugh.
Celebrate your wins and celebrate with your friends when they win.
People will mess up — forgive them.
You will mess up — forgive yourself.
When someone is speaking to you listen and listen well.
Everyone you know is more special than you know — treat them that way and watch the world change.
Time doesn’t stand still but sometimes we should.
I wish you genuine moments in the coming year — moments that will fill you with such joy, peace or happiness that they get placed securely in your hearts and minds forever. ❤
Happy New Year everyone! 🌟