Dear life 1

by Kim on June 10, 2013 · 56 comments

Gili Meno Island, Indonesia
June 10, 2013
6:11 p.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for the cool breeze on this hot day, for running shorts, for lemon fizz, for watermelon juice. Thank you for hard work and the rest of afterwards.

Thank you for the endless folding of these waves.

Thank you for clouds that stack like boulders upward in the sky, the ones that look like I could climb them through the universe. Thank you for the universe, for all of the things that I do not understand.

Thank you for silence. Thank you for aloneness free of loneliness.

Thank you for pineapple and mango and banana and papaya. Thank you for this new fruit that I tried today. Thank you for discovery.

Indonesian nut fruit

Thank you for sunglasses. Thank you for fresh water. Thank you for bracelets made of stone and string.

Thank you for the haunting voice that calls the people of this island to their knees in prayer. Thank you for faith.

Thank you for this sturdy tree that I sit under, for the silhouette of thin green leaves against the fading sky.

Thank you for transitions, like this slipping into nighttime. Thank you for this magic that saunters in the in-between.




So Many Places Readers,

In a personal effort to express more gratitude in my life, I’m starting a new series called Dear Life which I will post every Monday here on So Many Places.

I want to invite you to join me. Sit down, wherever you are, and take five minutes to observe the beauty around you. Write your own homage of gratitude and then send it to me.

I’ll be posting one of your Dear Life submissions each week throughout the summer. To submit yours, send me an email that includes your name, location, date, and time at which you are writing, a photo or two, and your website address if you have one. Make sure to begin your submission with:

Dear Life,

Thank you for…

And then send it to me at kim.somanyplaces (@)

If you have your own blog and would like to post your own Dear Life column please feel free. I ask that you link back to this post and then send me the URL to your Dear Life submission. I will include the link in my next Dear Life column.

Thank you.