Today I love the ones who face the hard stuff and keep going. I love people who know that to cry is not to admit weakness but to show determination. I love people who let emotion rule their spirits because they are the ones that admit to themselves what they want their lives to be like. I love the ones who keep going when there appears to be road blocks, the ones who know that those blocks aren’t really blocks, they’re things that need going over or around or through. I love the fighters, the persistent ones, the ones who wait, the ones who watch for their chance, the ones who don’t stop even when it looks like they’ve stopped, the ones who will succeed because, while they might take a break, they will not admit defeat. I love the ones who retreat and regroup and return to their dreams. I love people who find a new way to look at life when the view seems to depressing. I love that there are many of these people in my life, that they are all around me and they lead me forward, ever forward. I love that one of them keeps going beside me and when I falter she waits for me and when she needs a break I love that I have no other option but to stand beside her, guard her path forward and wait for her to fix what she needs to fix to move forward, my heart won’t let me do otherwise. I love that if one of us needs to retreat, both of us retreat and get ready to move forward again.
Today I love August sidewalks filled with babies in strollers and moms and dads walking those strollers or leading toddlers or children on happy, sunny streets with summer shops of beach things and holiday things and cottage things and coffee and baked goods and dining experiences and little offices selling property and tooth repair and legal help and the like. I love how people walk like there is no end to Summer in early August, and then change to walking like they need to enjoy every last bit of what is left as they near the end of the month.
Today I love homemade stew that didn’t fail. I love grocery shopping with intent. I love making my way to the water whenever I can. I love that the water at the end of the street from my Wednesday office is part of the same body of water I dragon boat on in my home town and the part of the same water that I kayak on at the cottage.
Today I love drinking coffee in my Wednesday office while I watch the sunny street where people walk with summer children.