I'm sleepy it's 3am in the morning, but really its only 10pm at night. My body clocks a little confused - time zones, transatlantic flights, train journeys, losing and gaining time - all take their toil on one's body and mind. And, yet, I feel good. Tired but good. Tired but blessed. Tired but thankful. I just know I am about to go off base, but stick with me.
You see, I have just returned from an adventure in the USA, and North America, I am not back in God's own country yet, as I made a short interlude to hang out in London, but I am happy.
Lastnight I chilled with one of my dearest friends, we sat in silence, the closest distance between true friends, we just shot the breeze, watched some tv, chatted, laughed, told stories, made plans, and cooked food. It was a perfect evening, after a day of travelling.
Today in London I had lunch with my great friends from law school, and their beautiful little baby Amber. While I waited for them outside the tube station, one of my most wonderful friends, who I haven't seen for a year, literally bumped into me in the street. Things like that just bumping into people don't often happen in London. We were able to hang out later in the afternoon.
As I walked around London today my phone filled with messages from friends in Ireland, who are looking forward to my return.
Tonight I worked on photos of the wedding I shot when I was in NYC. Conversations and laughter floated through my mind, as I edited, as I remembered. Memories, how precious you are to me. My friends how precious you are to me.
My friends and I, don't see each other that often. They live scattered across the globe, oceans, time zones, and borders separate us from each other. Time together is so precious made more so by the fact that we will say goodbye. Our time together is so comfortable, we return to a space in each other that is unaffected by distance, or time. We return to friendship. We return to each other, and nothing matters but the moment.
You see I have been truly blessed by the most amazing friends in the world, friends that have shared my life, in all its colour. Friends that have walked with me in the darkest of darkness, and the sweet lightness of happiness.
My friends I shout out to you and say THANK YOU, I love you, be blessed.
I lift my glass and say to y'all -
Sláinte to you
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
That's it for now...
Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable