I love to watch hummingbirds and butterflies. In Arizona, hummingbirds are ever-present. If you plant your garden right, you will get hummingbirds throughout the year; and butterflies abound (but not year round). Hans Christian Andersen wrote “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
I know, talking butterflies seem a bit far-fetched. But of course, Hans Christian Andersen did write fiction. But works of fiction can be metaphors for life, can’t they? We literally need sunshine, of course, so things can grow. But we also need another kind of sunshine: love, life-affirming people and moments, God. We need the freedom to choose those loving life-affirming things.
And the flower—of course we (like the butterfly and the hummingbird) need the nectar to have the strength to continue to fly. These are the things in my life that are the sunshine and the nectar: my faith in God; my loving husband and my son; all of my other relatives that shower me with love; my friends that accept me and have my back. My friends and relatives that cheer me on and believe in me are the nectar most definitely. They give me strength to withstand the life-negating moments [as opposed to life-affirming moments}. After all, each of us is blessed with moments and people that re-charge our draining batteries. They counteract the circumstances and people that drain our batteries.
As time goes on for me, I appreciate more and more the real GIFT of friendship. I am humbled and buoyed by the love and support of friends. Thanks to the blogosphere I have been given new friends. I feel as though I have known some of you forever already. Lucy Montgomery was right when she spoke through Anne Shirley. Kindred spirits make life deep, rich, and beautiful.
I am grateful for the gift that people give to me when they read my blog. It warms my heart that people take time out of their busy lives to read what I write. I am grateful, too that the bloggers I know unselfishly pass along their knowledge, wisdom, experience, words, and photographs in their blogs. You teach me and uphold me with your blogs. You make me want to be a better woman. For that, and so much else, I thank you.