“Walk with the dreamers,
the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.
Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”
My friend Rachael shared this with me today and I couldn’t help but smile. I love igniting spirits, people who, with their own passion, love, and tenacity, inspire me to press on no matter what.
I’m grateful for the beloved igniting spirits in my life, those who do good and create beauty and show love even when they feel wobbly or uncertain. They give me courage. My heart gives a little leap whenever they’re around. Just being in their presence – be it long distance or in person – makes the heavy things lighter, the dark things brighter, the sad things easier to bear.
It’s been a difficult week with the death of a family member, crippling pain, and an operation looming on Monday. But somehow, thanks to those lovely, igniting spirits, I’m OK, I’m hanging in here, I have hope and peace and comfort. They have made my world better than they found it, and I hope I can do the same for them.
In spite of the hard things this week, there has been much good.
- learning of ways we can help newly arrived immigrant families in Australia. This is something very close to my heart since I was once a new immigrant struggling to learn Aussie English and find my place in a foreign country and strange culture.
- working on writing my history book and finding fantastic stories that I can’t wait to include.
- being invited to join a group of local artisans to do a wood-burning demonstration at the first annual Allora Winter Festival. I knew I’d love this group when, at our first meeting, we managed to get everything done while spending the bulk of our time swapping stories and laughing until we couldn’t sit up straight.
- a day out with my Bear, exploring nurseries and hardware stores, thrift shops and markets, ending our jaunts with coffee and pastry at a local bakery.
- baby goats. They are a constant delight. I love their cuddles, inquisitive explorations, and all the odd places they find to curl up for naps.
And tonight Bear looked over at me and announced, “I feel like buying you a roast chicken and chips and gravy!” Who could resist such an offer? I burst out laughing and off we went to pick up our favorite comfort food.
Wishing you a beautiful week and encounters with igniting spirits to cheer your heart. xo