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Moving across the country to a new city is far from easy.  We left behind many friends and some family too.  In many ways, our family lost our security blanket.   With each mile to the southwest we traveled further and further from our those folks who have been part of our beloved family of choice.  In so many ways, my boys and I are wondering:

  • Will we make friends?
  • Will we have help when we need it?
  • Will Tucson jazz our souls?

Of course we don’t have an answer yet, but I imagine Tucson will be amazing. The people I work with and the people on the street have all been full of kindness.

With each passing day, I find myself amazed at the warmth that surrounds me.  There have been large and small gifts at every turn.  People have opened their doors and invited us to stay.  We have yet to meet someone on the road or in a store that was less than pleasant.  People are offering insights of where to eat, where to fix our bikes, and what doctors to consult with.  And tonight, we were touched a totally unsuspected gift.

Tonight, the people in front of us paid for our ice cream.  Wow.  The gift touched me deeply.  Moving is expensive, tonight was a splurge that I probably shouldn’t have considered, yet it was something I needed to do for Dovi, my younger son.  He needed Imma (mommy) time and he loves ice cream!  We were having an amazing time together and schmoozing with strangers along the way.  We went to a recycling center to drop off recycling; we went to Barnes & Noble to look at books; and finally, we went to Coldstone for ice cream.  The best part of our evening is that Dovi and I really had fun together and we met cool people along the way too.

I am filled with gratitude.  The universe has been great to us.

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Connecting with friends and those that are not yet friends

Anyone that knows me knows that I love people.  I love to interact with everyone no matter where I am. And when that interaction is positive, I am the happiest person in the world.

The funny thing is that I can connect to a stranger anywhere I go.  There really are no real strangers to me.  If I meet someone in the grocery store, in the library, on the street or in a park, it doesn’t make them any less important than if I meet them in a more familiar setting.  Each and every one of my interactions leads me to a new friend if only for a moment.

Making initial eye contact is the best!!! And when eye contact leads to a conversation, I am often in heaven.  (metaphorically speaking of course) I love the look in a stranger’s eye when I have actually made eye contact and when I am able to connect for a moment.  Most people love that moment; some people would prefer to keep to themselves.  I am happy to honor whatever people need.

Lately, I have noticed that more and more people need a moment, a kind word, and a validation.  Including myself.  We all need to be heard, whether or not it is by a friend via email, a phone call, or within a conversation.  When people ignore my emails or phone calls for a long time, it drives me nuts. On the other hand, everyone is so busy.  I am far from perfect, but I am fairly good at getting back to people within 72 hours; I am working on responding within 48 hours except for work if it is my day off.

The bottom-line is that everyone can use a kind word, a compliment, loving energy.  When you speak with both warmth and integrity, you not only illuminate your own soul; you bring light to others.

The below youtube is a gift that one of the kindest people I know shared on her Facebook  links.   Take a few minutes to watch this video in it’s entirety, you won’t be disappointed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao

With light and blessings,
Chava

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