I’ve always loved dying flowers.
Especially more than those in full bloom.
They are a tragically, beautiful reminder of how fragile life is.
Here one moment, and gone the next.
Losing my father and most of my grandparents at young ages, I’ve learned to treasure life – not just life, but the people that life presents.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the privilege of unexpectedly, reconnecting with old friends, making business acquaintances, and spending an honorable amount of time with family. In these moments, I’ve reminded myself to cherish each and every moment – because just as the flowers bloom and fade away – moments are here in the now and gone with the morning.
Nearly three weeks ago at my favorite place on earth, McCarthy Beach, I ran into an incredibly kind family that I knew growing up. The father of the clan asked my friend and I to take their family photo, on my favorite dock of all places, and in the next moment we made the connection of who we all were. His son graduated with my brother, and one of his daughters I remembered from our choir days. Both of them came to visit for a moment and I must say it was a breathe of incredibly fresh air. They both had grown up spectacularly and seemed to be in places or callings that set their hearts ablaze. I love that – meeting people that are in their element. Beautiful, beautiful family, and I am so thankful to have crossed their path a few times over that weekend.
The following weekend I spend at car dealerships. For me, this generally isn’t an exciting experience. But I thought about the previous weekend, and how God had perfectly blessed it with the presence of old friends… I had wondered why the reconnecting occurred for only moments, and not hours or days. Why grant me only a glimpse of such wonderful people? Why purchase a bouquet of flowers? I felt God nudge. In the moment, flowers can bring such joy and peace, and even when they have wilted, we can still remember the way they once added beauty to our lives.
The beauty of mankind – much grandeur than the most flourishing petals can evoke such radiance within the soul.
That was my goal, while car-shopping – to evoke some sort of beauty within the lives of the car salesmen. This mostly existed through kindness, patience, gratitude and complimenting their exceptional customer service skills (only to those that were exceptional, of course).
It’s important to fully grasp and experience the emotions that people kindle in our souls. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly wave, impeccable eye contact, kindness, or the simplest act of service to remind us that we too are beautiful, that we are seen, and that we too need to be cherished. Because none of us last forever.
This past week has be overflowing with an abundance of family time. Cousins that I haven’t seen in years… nearly all of them, I’ve reconnected with for a catch-up conversation or a coffee. Enjoying the musical stylings of the incredibly talented step-brother with such an open and creative soul. An aunt in from states away providing weeks of giddy giggles and goofiness, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And though I’d much rather live in the beautiful home that I pay rent for, I will admit, I find this time with my parentals quite treasurable. Not to mention short, but sweet FaceTimes with my beloved nieces states away (though the gleeful visit of their whole family wasn’t too long passed either).
Moments are fleeting. People are fleeting. And in this ever changing, crazy fast-paced world, it is all the more important to make connections with the people we care about. God gave us each other, that’s all we’ve got. I say we cherish each other, and do our darn best to let each other know – that we are beautiful, we are seen, and we are cherished.
What flowers, or people, has God blessed you with recently? Did you feel their presence kindle joy, peace, energy, healing within your soul? Do they know that they are beautiful, seen, and cherished in your life?
Sometimes, all we need to be reminded of is the power of moments, because a smile, hug, or compliment – ever so fleeting – can make a lasting difference.