Near or Far – My Family is Always in My Heart

family, family quote, distance, love,As many of you know, most of my family lives in Germany. My parents, sisters, grandparents and other extended family in addition to the select few whom I have been lucky to call life-long friends. Time often flies by without talking to one another but in my heart, I carry them with me. I carry their love and friendship close to my heart and no matter how much time goes by before we are able to speak again, I’ll know that we will pick up right where we left off.

In the day and age of “nuclear” families, basic units away from the greater family hub, we leave behind more than just people. We leave behind close connections, a comforting hug, a shoulder to cry on, a big table with everyone gathered for dinner. We leave behind quick visits, coffee dates and free “babysitters”.

But we don’t have to leave love behind. The connection and bond we have forged throughout the years.

No, we keep the love, the memories, the smells and sounds tucked safely in our hearts and souls. In a treasured chest, protected from the harsh distance we face. A place we can access when we need it the most.

Because love knows no distance.

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I read this quote today and it made so much sense to me! We often walk blindly through life and I have written about this more than once. Beauty is all around us, on a dark day, a beautiful day, a rainy day even. It also reminded me of a picture I took a while back. Check out this beauty!

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Eyes are truly a window to the soul! Intense, yet soft, loving but also piercing.

What have you seen lately that made you appreciate the beauty around you?