Sometimes people influence us by saying very little.
On a recent jaunt into town, a friend of mine held his iPod to my ear offering me a fun musical interlude for my drive. One of his unexpected selections triggered a memory of a fun spring day many years ago singing along to Tom Jones in a car full of friends. I launched into the story, as I have a million times before, and once again, he listened quietly and politely.
Time has passed and I am still thinking about the music in my ear and I smile. I thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneity and friendship of that moment, even as I prattled on about a time long past. Without so much as a word I learned a powerful lesson about living in the moment. That day has now become a snapshot I will take out and treasure when the nights are long and cold.
As time passes our memory books thicken with pictures of our lives. Amongst them are happy and sad, funny and touching moments. Things we wished we had done differently, moments we wish we could stay in forever. We spend so much time distracted by the already filled pages, we forget that there are blank pages ahead. Every one of these little photographs of life offer us glimpses of the sacred in the mundane.
As we enter the holiday season, may you open your book to a blank page and have fun filling them with joy, laughter and a loving heart. A Happy Holiday to All - Ana