August 16, 2017
I've been thinking about meeting people who are kindred spirits lately. There's a spark, a twinkle in the eye, and an instant understanding that we're both on the same page, that our hearts and minds are more or less united, or at least together in a certain purpose. That moment when you realize you've met one is so thrilling, that I must remind myself that though I love people, not every friendly encounter results in a kindred spirit. True kindred spirits are fairly rare and hard to find, even if not quite as scarce as Anne of Green Gables once thought. That is what makes them so valuable, a true treasure to find. One may stumble across very few kindred spirits indeed, if they do not look for them.
Unfortunately, I have found many, if not most of my handful of kindred spirits at my jobs. My work allows me to meet and serve a lot of nice people, but rarely does it allow for anything more than common chitchat. However, there are instances in which kindred spirits can be discovered, even within the constructs of professional, yet friendly, business encounters.
I once gave a tour of the historic house I work at to an elderly man who was so attuned and alert to what I was saying, ready for any bits of information to be fascinating. Instead of this making me nervous, as it would generally do, it was exciting! I knew something was special about this gentleman, and as he recounted some stories of his own to me, I believe we both realized that we saw the world through very similar lenses. I will probably never see that man again, at least not on this earth. But to simply know that there are people like that going about their lives, their thoughts harmonizing with your own, is amazing.
The world is so full of wonderful, interesting people and sometimes I just wish that little barrier that keeps most of us from running up to people and making instant friends and acquaintances of them would fall. That is not to say I don't believe in manners, decorum, or personal space. But sometimes we all just need to let our guard down a little. Smile. Say hello. Compliment a stranger, remark about the weather, communicate with your fellow man. Who knows what friends and kindred spirits you may discover on the way?
at 9:36 PM
August 7, 2017
It's August, ladies, and time has simply vanished; it has melted away faster than raspberry ice cream eaten on an 85 degree day. I may be speaking from personal experience. ;) It's been a while since I've had a simple pinning post. Let's remedy that, shall we?
Isn't this painting beautiful? It's a summer afternoon, and these friends or sisters have all gathered under a tree in their white gowns. They've been picking roses and spending time in the sun, but right now they're just happy to be in each other's company. Two of them have noticed you. Will you join their circle?
This one's funny because it's true. Sometimes I do overthink this! But there are worse things than being friendly to people, so usually I push back the impulse to shut up and just send people a nice message.
Ooh, I have definitely been seeking joie de vivre this summer! My practical, economical self has had to restrain my adventurous side from making all sorts of purchases and excursions, and believe me, it has often failed! But I've tried my best to enjoy the everyday, free things too, like my backyard garden, wild berries, and friendship.
England. In Summer. With Queen Victoria. In Love. What more needs to be expressed?
Aww isn't this just so sweet? This makes me wish I grew up on a farm!
Did I mention I read Anne of Green Gables last month? Because I READ ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!! And it was lovely. As soon as I read the next 200 books in line on my to-read list, and granted that life offers absolutely no distractions, I shall read the rest of the series in the eventual future!
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at 9:10 AM