Each of our paths has smooth and bumpy road with stretches of both magnificent and wondrous views as well as darkness and scary storms. Part of the positive outlook is in noticing we are not all in the same position at the same time and so we can listen to one another during the hard parts and talk each other through to the other side. Even if we are feeling surrounded by gray and storm clouds, sometimes someone simply has a tougher journey. Sharing a meal and either listening to them or chatting about other things to take their mind off of the serious bits can help everyone feel Fed Well.
A group of us went out for a Mexican lunch.
A sizzling platter of what may have been a vegetable fajita (I'm not quite sure since it was ordered in Spanish and I wasn't really paying attention)...
One in the group has two children who were both recently in separate car accidents. A fairly serious one involving a hospital stay and a less serious one that has its own set of complications. And so just when a person thinks it really can't get any worse, it begins to rain and the family dog is sick and generating hundreds of dollars worth of medical bills on top of the medical and legal bills resulting from the accidents.
Deep breath. Smile. Talk of movies, conspiracy theories, turning left overs into an omelette and a little venting about work related situations along with more chips for the guacamole and we start to feel a few rays of sunshine on our faces. I hope the one of us who needs it the most can feel the positive energy we try to send and that it is felt until they come back to the next smooth stretch of the journey.