You know what brings me joy? Making things. I believe part of what makes us human is the inherent desire to create. I don’t just mean making our essential needs like tools, houses, electricity and the like. I mean the things we make that add other kinds of benefits and value to life. The things that if we don’t make them, a part of us feels like it’s missing. The things that add beauty, light, and inspiration to this world we live in. My sister-in-law just made a knit sweater. My brother makes incredible music. My sister made two kids. I make lots of things… when I was younger, I made clay bowls, drawings of the perfect front yard, yarn potholders, and wooden cutting boards. Now I make photos, delicious meals, and shelves. For work, I make classes. These classes not only help my colleagues improve their teamwork and communication skills, they help make leaders be better leaders. I get to be a part of making the world a better place by making things that help inspire other people.
What's beautiful is long lost friends getting back in touch and reconnecting with each other. You know those people that you've connected with in one way or another throughout the years… the ones that if you got a flat tire and needed help, you could call and they wouldn't hesitate to bring the tire iron… the ones that you've commiserated with because they're the only ones that can see your point of view… the ones that make you feel young and vibrant because of their full of life presence… or simply the ones that find some seemingly important question they need to ask but really they just want to say hi because it's been too long. Those relationships are all different and unique, but equally beautiful. I believe we all want to connect with other people and when we find the ones that we bond with so easily and strongly, hang on and keep reaching out.