I realize what made our Valentines Open House so special yesterday was that we were so relaxed, like an extended family on a winter Sunday afternoon, hanging around the house. It wasn't an exciting hubbub where we were on our best behavior for guests, we were just comfortable, and our visiting families settled in with us. The musicians didn't perform for an event, they just gathered round and sang and played for each other. Their joy rippled throughout the room. A creative camaraderie grew around the scatter of lacy red heart doilies, glue sticks, cupid stickers, and ribbons. Our bonfire makers stoked the fire, the cocoa makers stirred the brew, and we were at home in good company.
What a perfect way for someone to see if this is how they might want to live.
What an affirmation that thisishow we are choosing to live in community, already. I thank each of you for what you brought to the day.
Here is the quote that I put on my Valentines this year: "Happiness is the result of inner maturity. It depends on us alone, and requires patient work, carried out from day to day. Happiness must be built, and this requires time and effort. In the long term, happiness and unhappiness are therefore a way of being, or a life skill." — Matthieu Ricard