January 1, 2011 –
The essence of the human experience is our social relationships. It is within our social relationships that we experience many of the miraculous emotions we have been gifted to feel. Last night, New Year’s Eve, I was privileged to attend an old friend’s wedding, dinner, and reception. Being from a very small town, I have a tightly knit group of old friends…many of whom I’ve known for ten to over twenty years. That is a treasure I’m very grateful for. And many of them were there last night. But, not only was it fun to see so many familiar friends – it was gratifying to see how they interacted with each other, how they expressed their joy of the occasion, how they expressed their love for one another, and how they celebrated the evening. The beauty of humanity is emotion, and last night was turbocharged with it. Today I feel elated, satisfied, and thankful to have this chance to experience life as a human.