i don’t know if it is the perfectly perfect little thumbnail picture that we choose.
which statuses we “like”. who we “follow”.
or the idea that somehow beyond the visual pixels and colors and music, that these people, be it a blogger, or fellow “pinner”, or a coworker’s jealous-inducing status updates on facebook, that make us think, when we click on their space, their intimate, well cultivated place, that somehow they have not had tragedy.
they have not had uphill battles fought hard with the knowledge of nothing, but perched upon faith.
or struggled because they forgot about faith.
i don’t know if it is the well curated photos with red lips, and beautifully hilarious children, or the personification of their personalities over twitter and instagram that makes us forget that these are real people.
they have had lives that have been altered from the brink of disaster by God’s miracles.
they have triumphed over cancer, deaths, divorces, addictions, loss, pain that is unbearable, and yet, with help from their support systems and their faith, they did bear it.
and not only did they bear it, they LAID it bare.
for us to read about here, and to comment, and to open our wounds just so that somehow they may help just.one.person.
that is why i love bloggers. not just women bloggers, not just mommy bloggers, not just fashion bloggers.
but bloggers. of all kinds, and all categories. as long as it is positive, or i learn, or am inspired.
it’s the same really with famous folk, and the infamous ones too.
they are all human beings with stories that no one knows if we just skim, and flip through, and don’t stop to listen to.
do you realize sometimes that you are skipping the best part?
you are eating a s’more without the marshmallow. it is not the part you want because it oozes messiness all over your plans. your agenda.
don’t worry, i do it too. all the time.
while we are so intense on our focused task/schedule/life/next thing you must rush to do/accomplish/claim victory over –
there is someone in our path that needs a light.
they need our light.
the very one that we are trying to hold close, because we’re just too busy, and can’t find time.
forget the folding of the laundry for once.
give that elderly man the extra few seconds at the grocery store to tell you about his youth.
if you can, play princesses or trucks with a wee one, and get down on their level – literally play at their level.
you will see their light.
you will feel their warmth.
just by giving of your YOU-NESS, you will have affected another in a way that you may never knows is exactly what they needed that exact moment.
so, please, let us stop the rush. especially right now. let us stop the hunker down pace that we have set for ourselves.
because I’m guessing, just like me, you actually like the taste of a s’more. all the gooey center.
or maybe you are the one that needs the flame? talk to someone about it. open up just a bit.
perhaps you are craving someone to listen to your messiness?
let’s take caring out of the taboo/too little time bin, and place it right at the dinner table, the gas station, the bank, the homeless shelter.
well, my belly is grumbling. my match is ready, the light is here for you, oh, and my mess too. 😉
maybe it is not changing the world, maybe it’s not solving all those peoples’ worries, hurts, pain, but…it starts with one graham cracker, with the messiness of goo, AND OBVIOUSLY CHOCOLATE, melted hearts, coming together with another graham cracker, in a sweet, messy, delicious hug.
let’s create a fire together, and enjoy some of life’s sweetness.
*this post not sponsored by anyone but the love i feel for humans and animals, and well, just life in general. be forever lovely my friends.*