I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous, and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row. ~Beau Taplin
how will life unfold in the midst of mystery and meaning?
inquiry for today~ what mischief and spontaneity await in the shadows of the day?
I’ve been thinking about how the element of play and spontaneity deepens our connections just when we thought we had shared everything. During my recent gathering with friends, we let the days unfold with barely a word spoken about our jobs, our to-do lists, and our family drama. Instead, we allowed ourselves to simply unwind, have fun, and revel in silliness. In between important and enriching conversations, our weekend together was all about impromptu dance parties in the dining room while singing out loud to Lionel Richie and other classics. It was gathering around and doing collaborative paintings- some of us discovering our inner artist for the first time. It was painting our toenails hot pink and playing dress up for silly and fun glamour shots. By the end of the weekend, our souls were filled to the brim with not only a deeper connection to one another but also enough fun and inspiration to carry us through for a long, long time. I’ve often thought that in order to deepen a friendship, I needed to share my most vulnerable pieces, my secrets. But what I’m learning more than ever is that true intimacy and connection also live inside ridiculously silly moments of play and lightheartedness. It takes just as much vulnerability and abandon to dance and sing out loud with your friend in the kitchen as it does to release your tears in confidence and conversation with that same person. ~Kelly Rae Roberts