As I was sitting down on my lunch-break earlier today with my oatmeal, Honeycrisp apple, almonds, prunes, cinnamon- almond butter, and walnuts--apple slices spread with cinnamon-almond butter then dipped into crushed walnuts is my latest addition to my lunches: They're like a taste of healthy apple pie, so good--a bit of almond butter on my napkin appeared in the shape of a heart. Maybe it is silly how much these found hearts delight me, but how could I not be charmed! "There are only two ways to live your life," Einstein reminds us. "One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Indeed. Each heart finds me saying, "Ah! Hello, God!" and in this case: "Thank You for the moment, thank You for this food, thank You that I have a job at all, thank You that it's a job that offers work I love and health insurance and good people, and thank You that I'm off the next few days." It was a draining work-week, and the tiny almond butter heart reminded me to take a deep breath and regroup.
As I finally reached my apartment building after work: A heart on the front stoop's cement.
Another heart, this one a bit of paper resting on the stairs' carpet, seconds later as I climbed the three flights up to my door.
And then, in my kitchen, a heart-shaped raspberry. ♥ And so began my desperately-needed stretch of days off today. Truly, how could I not be (grateful and) charmed?!