Life really remains simpler there. I can sit on my parent's porch swing and listen to the birds chirp about while the cadence of the swing's hinges rocks me into a thoughtful, soulful state of being. Then the church bells ring out from the St. James (Catholic church) across the street as they've done all my life - connecting the present with the past somehow. Neighbors know one another... and people smile genuinely.
I got to have dinner with friends from high school I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years; and I was struck by how incredibly talented, intelligent, and strong they were... and I remembered once again what a blessing it is to have friends who are real people who lovingly accept who you are and can engage in discussions about issues one minute and family stories the next without missing a beat.
...because in the end - what truly matters - is the people. The relationships. The friendships.
That seems odd to say though. It's obvious, right?
Yet somehow we get caught up in the circumstances of our lives -- the frustrations, the setbacks, issues at work or at home, the finances, the To-Do lists, emptying the dishwasher, or other inconsequential things -- that prevent us from intimacy, keeping us at a distance from true feeling.
Now, that's not to say daily life or routine tasks aren't important. They are. They're just not ALL-Important...
So take a moment just to stop and embrace The NOW: Actually take the time to LOOK at the people in your life - whether it's your staff, co-workers or your boss, your family or friends, or the person who sings as he hands you your latte at the Starbucks drive-thru every Friday morning - and smile at them. Tell them what they do or who they are matters to you.
In your quest for your dreams -- write down things that matter to you, and why you remember them -- and then ask yourself how others will remember you?
THINK. WRITE. BELIEVE. ACT.