One year ago today our sweet Sara departed her earthly home and went to her new heavenly home. I've been wearing my "choose joy" necklace with her name engraved on it. I like tangibly feeling the sturdy metal with traceable letters that I can tug on again and again in remembrance of my friend. The light surrounding the picture reminds me of the radiant spirit she was. I'll never fill that Gitz-sized hole in my heart, but I'll always bask in the radiant light of her spirit that I feel everywhere.
Superman and I escaped alone yesterday. With the leaves rapidly changing, and the sun shining so intensely we took off in the car and headed towards lake country. It was serene, with saturated colors and a stillness in what is typically a lively and noisy summer vacation hot spot.
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” Thich Nhat Hahn
The whole day felt magical. The light twinkled, pranced, radiated and hummed all around everything. Blues ranged from sky blue to turqoise to teal. Reds were punchy and bright. Oranges and yellows glowed in amber waves.
As we turned to leave we drove past this gate and I instantly made Rick turn around and go back. I have this same image from dozens of angles. My favorite is under wraps, waiting to be revealed when its ready. I can barely utter the surge of joy I feel when I see it. I've come to clearly see Joy in thanks to Sara and her reminder to always seek it. And what I can now add- is that joy chooses you back.