it is the middle of the day
it is my birthday.
"you are beautiful and i love you"
but halfway through, i scoff.
and the paleness of my legs.
and i'm unconsciously sucking everything into place
'you are beautiful'
'and i love...'
stop hurting this body, i tell myself.
so i try it again.
"and i love you."
To my lovely hitrecorders -
My dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. Our relationship has been, like so many others, a rollercoaster. But when he got me on the phone to tell me the news, all he could say were positive things and all I could tell him was how much I love him, regardless of our imperfect past and how absolutely terrified I was.
That next day I went to get some coffee, puffy-eyed and exhausted, and on my cup, my barista wrote: Amber, you are beautiful today.
This made me think - kindness is important, not just in the face of tragedy or fear but every day to every one.
So, this is my contribution to the 2014 challenge collab (since I'm terrible at completing conventional challenges)...
I'm challenging myself to say one special, kind thing to anyone who needs it. If you request it in the comments or heart this record, I promise I will tell you something that will (hopefully) make you smile and that I perceive to be a truth.
Here's the catch:
If you challenge me to this and I complete it, you need to pay it forward. Not to me, and no need to make a record, but find someone in our community and tell them something heartfelt and kind. That day, I honestly believe my barista (his name is Josh) prevented me from falling into a very dark place with something as simple as words.
Maybe it's mushy and a little too sweet, but we never know who needs it.
Kindness and love, again by heart,
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