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Forgive the messes and inconveniences

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Fireflys Barn the day after Valentines DayMy Valentine's Day was beautiful, how about yours? One year ago, on Valentine's evening, I sat in a Thai restaurant in Los Angeles having dinner with my sister. I told her about this guy in New York who had emailed me. He was interesting, we had all kinds of things in common ... and he lived on a farm but wasn't a farmer. I told her it was too bad he lived in upstate western New York, because there was no way in the world I would ever even consider moving to New York ... for anything, period. And here it is one year later. Last night I spent Valentine's evening in a restaurant in upstate western New York with my new husband, about fifteen minutes from our farm. My, how life can change so very much in one short year. What a trip. Fireflys Barn after the snow on Valentines DayThat's one reason Valentine's day was beautiful for me. The other was the snow. About one foot of snow fell. It was peaceful and thrilling, all at the same time, watching it as the day went by, from any of the forty windows in our farm house. The wind blew, so there were snow drifts building as well. The most lovely drifts were those on the east side of our barn. Okay, so I still can't get over the fact that I can now say something like, "our barn." Is this wild, or what? This has been a very, very big year in case I had not mentioned it before. I was thinking yesterday as I watched the snow how forgiving we are of beautiful things and events. Snow is so beautiful, and so magical as it falls, that we forgive it the inconveniences and messes that will certainly follow. All we see is beauty, and magic. At least that is how it is for me. This Valentine's day I created a little lesson for myself, and it is just this one simple thing: It would be beneficial to look at other things in the life the way I look at snow. Grant someone or something the kind of beauty and magic I automatically grant to snow. Forgive that someone or something any inconveniences or messes that may accompany their presence or arrival. Focus on the beauty and the magic, it is inherent in all things. Fireflys River the day after Valentines DayI seek to find that, and value that above all others. I believe that is what love is really about. Not romantic love, but the love that mankind and life on this little blue planet needs if we are going to make it, together. Have a beautiful day, whatever you may "see". ~firefly Copyright © 2006 J.L. Fleckenstein ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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