“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
About a year ago, I moved away from neighbors with whom I’d bonded for almost twenty years. We were a tight neighborhood, all of us ready to lend a helping hand and to enjoy each other’s company. It was a sad moment for me when we left our safety net of neighbors, but luckily, we have all stayed in touch.
Last night, my sweet neighbors surprised me with peonies from their yard. I adore peonies and their sweet fragrance. Every year my neighbors shared their field of peonies with us all. So I can’t even begin to tell you how much it meant to me that they remembered me and made the effort to drive across town to deliver them in a beautiful vase! Their generous and kind gesture made my heart smile so much! It reminded me that no matter what the circumstances, we are all family when we choose to be.
The connections we make, the smiles we share and the kindness that continues makes me so grateful for all of the heartlights who make up my family. We are all so blessed.
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
I haven’t read the book yet, but the quote really felt important for me to share with you today. I would love to hear if you have read the book and what you thought of it!
Keep shining your heartlights! It seems we all need a bit more sparkle in our lives these days.