“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'” CS Lewis
We’ve been in Orlando for 3 weeks. This time has been a blessing, but it’s also been a time of reflection.
When we arrived, we had very little resources, but yet it didn’t seem to matter. We were surrounded by the love of friends. We focused on the positive and tried not to worry where those resources would some from. And you know what? They have come exactly when we needed them. So, why worry?
I have also been reflecting on what I have to offer…my family, friends and people that I am surrounded by in a given day, whether it’s online or in person. I spend my days in love with my family and being with them in all that they do. Each person in this family has incredible qualities and I feel so grateful to be able to know them. So I offer them my love, my time, my attention. Is there more I can offer? Is there more I want to learn and grow into? I am reflecting on those questions. They don’t seem as scary as they have felt in the past, the questions. Maybe the answers are different than before. Time will tell…
We’ve watched some precious friends drive away and know that it will be months before we cross paths again. People that we connect with on many levels, understanding each other as traveling families and all that comes with that experience. Connection is an amazing thing. To belong to a group of others walking the same path truly satisfies a deep longing within ourselves. It’s that intense ‘we are family’ connection. But yet the one thing that is difficult, is seeing those connections drive away.
Freedom comes with a price, eh? The sacrifices we make to live simply and love deeply are so worth it. We make a life out of our talents, dreams and skills and they fit around our family, not the other way around.
Things will be different this summer. I’ve been contemplating what it will be like to be back in the work mode, where will have to work around someone else’s schedule, and also away from other full time families. I don’t know how it will feel and I don’t know how I will feel about it all, but I am so thankful for the time that we have had here in Florida and will remain a place of very fond memories.
So, as we continue our time of refreshment, we also look forward to the days ahead, knowing that just around the corner, there is another friend, another connection awaiting us.
Beauty and Blessing Awaits,