Today I love days out on the road with nothing in my home pressing me and distracting me from my work. I love to work from home, but I love to get away one day a week at least and remind myself what it’s like to have that job that takes me places and makes me cope without the comforts of home. I love that because it also reminds me of what it’s like to be able to cope. I love running into people I know, exchanging news, wishing them well and being wished well by them. I love watching people meeting up with friends, planned or not, and being genuinely pleased to see each other. I like people who behave like they’re well aware that life without community would be pretty purposeless. I love people who foster positive community connections and do so knowing that they are helping themselves to be well and belong as much as they are helping others.
Today I love Christmas decorations and other holiday things. I love people who understand that no one is trying to stop anyone from celebrating any one holiday and I really love people who try to celebrate every holiday they can or at least support everyone’s right to celebrate as much as they can. I love seeing the smallest splash of decoration in the bleakest corner of the darkest street or lane way, I love how powerful the feelings that little attempt causes in me are. I love memories of decorations from my childhood. I love remembering the lights on main street that made my little city so unique and great. I love remembering the time I tried to show my mother that I deserved a skipping rope for Christmas because I knew how to skip and then promptly skipped my way through a box of glass ornaments without realizing it until it was pointed out to me. I love that being three was hard but I am older now and don’t skip through boxes of glass ornaments anymore.
Today I love working in the café with the understated seasonal decorations hanging casually from the beams and the people coming and going cheerfully, taking a break from going about their business just long enough to grab a cup to go or maybe meet a friend for a few minutes.
Today I love drinking coffee while I work under the decorations and watch all the people to see if any of them are folks I know.