There is Grand Scale Personal Love that comes from intense 1:1 relationships, whether it’s between close friends, family members, or romantic partners.
But there is also the Small Scale Universal Love that comes from washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, stopping for two minutes to say hello to the neighbor, wiping the nasty eye gunk out of your old-ass dog’s eye, or taking ten seconds to write a thank you note to someone who helped you in some tiny way,
Both kinds of love matter, but the latter is always accessible and always simple (if not always easy) to act upon. It doesn’t require moving mountains or boiling the seas. It just requires a bit of caring attention, right now, in this very moment.
Sometimes it is as simple as showing up, especially when you don’t feel like it.
A slight sunburn
Little cuts and scrapes and bruises
Having to take the long way back
because a few steps off the beaten track
put you between a rock
and a hard place.
There are worse ways to get lost in life.
Worse ways to be running late.
Sometimes you won’t be able to see beyond the next curve of the road you’re on.
But trusting that there will be a path that will take you where you want to go, or that you’ll be strong enough to build your own if needed… is what it means to have faith.
Foam, frothy foam.
Mud and salt.
A thousand miles of eroded coast.
Wanna put on
my little goggles
way up high
From Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss. This is one of my favorite books, and everyone should read it. Not just kids.