Monday..Tuesday..Wednesday..Thursday..Friday…that familiar ringing of the alarm shoots off without a hitch. Even with the sunshine peeping through the curtains, you’ll have those mornings when the uncomfortable tune can be an annoyance. Making your insides do backbends when you realize what a busy day you have ahead… so you lay there, tempted to aggressively pull those covers back over a sleepy set of eyes..
But some mornings, that dinging turns charming, with sprinkles of nostalgia. You wake up, eyes wide open, curled up in your tangled sheets (and my dog’s back legs sprawled across my makeup-less face) and you feel…….thankful. In goes a single big deep breath, and out goes a smirk, because in that very second you know you have another opportunity to watch the sunrise. Another chance to drink 10 coffees. More time to catch a buzz from playing the guitar, awfully. 24 more hours to laugh, work, engage, pursue, listen, create, love…… It just hits you, hard and deep. Unexpected, yet needed. Love radiates from within and outward, and there it is…..your grateful heart.
This A.M. was one of those for me (which seems to be happening more often than not). My lack of being able to sit still and moving from place to place, can make staying in touch less than easy. Trying to master the puzzle of trying to find a happy medium in living daily life, while attempting to keep communication open and flowing with the beautiful people I’ve left in different time zones is a balancing act, but I try my best, every day.. and today I’d try harder. With my phone within arms reach on my nightstand, I couldn’t get to it fast enough. In my innermost bones I needed to smother the one’s who mean so much to me with love.
Type. Send. Type send. Text after text sent out. Expressing my gratitude for the people who have touched my life so profoundly and that consistently transform my journey, past and present…. Of course, the love I poured out was no match for the warmth that flowed back in. The “I miss you” messages… The nostalgic memory blimps that made me laugh as hard as I did 2 years ago when it took place…. Words of affirmation and support for my little nomadic heart…
But then there were those who needed me… in that very moment, people whom I care so deeply for, needed to be showered with love. Friends that needed words of encouragement. Friends that are human, just like you and me, struggling through career changes, breakups, self-doubt….From a distance life can seem picture perfect, but we all have our battles, our own demons to go head-to-head with.. but luckily we don’t have to do it alone… and without that sometimes annoying alarm… without that daily wakeup call.. I wouldn’t have been able to be the sidekick, helping my friends be the boss a$$ rockstars I know they are.
What if we all did that? What if we all just took a moment, every day, to reflect and be abundantly grateful? Took one moment to tell someone we love how much they make our souls swoon? “Hi, I love your soul and thank you so much for sharing it with me. Thank you for laughing with me and for loving me..the pretty parts, the ugly, my human error in all it’s shameful glory, thank you.”
So simple, yet catastrophically meaningful. Let this be your alarm. No pulling those covers up and over your pretty face. Wake up, with a grateful heart, and be love.