In the Presence of Love


Yesterday, I had the good fortune of witnessing the wedding of two young folks who so clearly belong together it was a bit overwhelming. I got to share this experience with my husband and many long time, good friends, which made it even more special. The setting was so beautiful and it perfectly matched the personalities of the bride and groom.  They are both intensely connected to nature and strongly committed to authenticity in terms of how they move about in the world.

The lovely mismatched wooden chairs were lined up next to the tall rows of corn stalks. As the bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, she cried so wholeheartedly that the tears that were stinging my eyes as I sat there had absolutely no chance of going anywhere but down my face. A whitewashed tobacco barn served as the backdrop as the couple expressed their love for one another.

The weather leading up to the ceremony was a mix of clouds and rain.  About a half hour before the festivities began though, the sun announced that it was here in all its glory and it intended to be present until the stars took over. All who knew the bride’s mom, a beautiful spirit who died too young, were convinced beyond a doubt that she was responsible for the lovely day and was hovering close the entire time.

I knew I was in the presence of something very special – Love, Friendship, Beautify and Authenticity – and I was extremely grateful for that awareness.  How often do we focus on the trivial in the midst of the awesome? Your heart will thank you everytime you attend to the most meaningful parts of an experience.  When you commit to doing that, you have complete access to joy!

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