I feel there is such innocence in the the young and in the elderly. Through the journey of our lives we seem to get incredibly caught up in the complexity of our existence but when we are new to this world, or when we have seen all this world has to give us, we are offered some simplicity.
I say this because I work in a restaurant where I see hundreds of people come through each day. I find that I get the most joy out of serving the young and the elderly and that many of the people I serve between those ages make my job very difficult and treat me like I am less than them. But when a young child came up to me yesterday wanting to watch the coffees being made and I held him up to watch, seeing the pure joy in his eyes of something so simple completely touched my heart. It was the same feeling I got when I served an old lady her coffee and heard the warmth in her voice as she thanked me.
I don’t want to preach peace, love and mung beans to you all, but sometimes I think we need to stop and look at the smaller things in life. There’s someone out there just waiting to see you smile at them or to say thank you, just waiting for you to show a random act of kindness. Because, believe me, it makes a world of difference to their day.
“I can’t help but think the only reason I knew about this this morning was my mom called me. Because she didn’t know I was out here in Austin Texas, she thought I was still at my place in Venice. And she called me crying and she just wanted to make sure I was safe. She didn’t believe me at first. She thought I was just lying to make her feel better. That I was still actually there but I didn’t want her to know. And I thought… Wow. It’s these terrible things that make people cherish what they have. It’s these terrible things that make people, human. And it made me sad to think this morning, in whatever language wherever in the world, some people made that call… and no one answered. That’s what sticks in my mind when I think of this, and I don’t know, I hope it sticks like that in your mind as well.”—Philip DeFranco (In response to the Tsunami in Japan)
I just got home from an absolutely incredible surf. It was flat as a tack when we got there but by the time the wetsuits were on and we’d paddled out off the rocks, it was really starting to pick up. Because the surf was only 4ft at the best of times, I decided to cheat a bit and ditched my 6”4 fish for a Gboard. Best decision I made today. Within minutes I’d caught my first wave for the day and many followed. The surf really started to pick up after 1pm and my last wave of the day I was lucky enough to run my hand along the top of the wave before it flattened. I’ve never done that before and it was an absolutely incredible feeling.
I’m completely exhausted but I couldn’t feel more privileged than I do right now.
matilda, I just read your baby post. I hope one day you have/adopt a baby... its amazing. I cannot believe, still, after twelve and seven years, that my moment of pleasure created the opinionated, passionate people that live in my house. they are amazing boys, and they change lives in such amazing ways, every day, they help someone, or make someone proud, or make someone smile.
I did that. and even if you end up adopting, nurture is the biggest part. and I bet you'll make a great mum one day.
You wonderful, wonderful man. What a beautiful message. I had to post this, it is enough to brighten my next month, not just my night!
I apologise in advance for losing my temper Tumblr but I really do need to vent.
It makes me absolutely fucking furious when people create posts that say things like “If you don’t reblog you are a sick human being and don’t care about the people in Japan” or something along those lines to try to guilt people into re-blogging their post. They’re the sick human being for using the suffering of others to get notes on their post. Before people jump down my throat, I do not have the slightest problem with people blogging about natural disasters and sending their prayers, I am all for it. But it’s the people that tell other people how to react to the situation that really makes me angry.
If they are such a saint why don’t they close Tumblr for a moment, stop churning out their guilt-tripping posts and log on to a website where they can make a donation or send a message of hope.
That said, all my prayers and thoughts are with those suffering all over the world tonight and I pray tomorrow brings some hope. To all my followers who are threatened by any disaster of any kind, stay safe, make rational decisions and remember that we are all thinking of you.