we embrace and talk
a moment to laugh and walk
relief from the daily grind
letting go of my fearful mind
the stories don’t matter
reduced to minor chatter
thanks to a walk with thee
my heart is full of glee
The gifts of friendship and laughter.
This poem was inspired by my friend David who embodies the gifts of play, laughter, and enthusiasm. It is such a pleasure to spend time in his company. A walk in the neighborhood becomes a healing retreat; full of laughter, acceptance, and connection. Dave has a gift for making fun of life and himself in a way that helps me let go of my stories and a mind that wants to figure everything out. Most of us are stuck in our stories, needing to endlessly repeat them in a hopeless attempt to gain the love, relief, and things we believe we need for happiness. After a brief walk with Dave, I feel refreshed, alive and ready to embrace my life again.
The direct method for peace and happiness is to simply let the stories and judgments go and embrace life as it is. Then we are able to find delight in the simple pleasures of life like smelling a spring flower, watching a colorful sunset, or laughing with a friend. And suddenly, all seems right with the world again. Thank you brother Dave. You are a treasure in my life.
And thanks to Belén Soto for your playful characters that also help remind me to not take life so seriously. These delightful characters are called Fantasmas. I am grateful for the friends who love, laugh, and support me on this journey called life. Thank You!