Sometimes I have moments where I am stopped in the tracks of my busy schedule and preoccupations by an overwhelming awareness of how blessed I am. They’re like little bursts of contentment that rush through my body and mind, reminding me that things are good. These moments bring a simple but simultaneously extraordinary feeling that makes me feel strong and happy and like I can do anything because I know I am one small part of an interconnected community that will do great things with and for each other.
They are a clear culmination of all the little pieces of advice that the people in my life offer me, intentionally or not. They strengthen who I am, and my sense of myself and my relationships. They are like love that wraps around me in the most unexpected moments; like walking toward a friend whose smile is so bright their happiness shines through their eyes. They bring back memories that make me laugh for long stretches and let me sleep easily at the end of the day.
I am overwhelmed and grateful.