What warms your heart?

Writing about what warms your heartLast month I attended a writers’ group – the first I’ve ever attended. I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the talent in the room and everyone’s willingness to share what were some fairly intimate stories.

One of the first exercises we were asked to do was to take 5 minutes and write about “what warms your heart?” I’d like to share what I wrote with you here . . .

I received an e-mail from a friend today. It had a message in it that I’ve received before and when I responded to my friend I told her how I’d received this message in the past. I also added that each time I’d received it, it touched my heart.

The e-mail was about people that come and go in your life – how there are friends for seasons, reasons, or a lifetime.

What warms my heart? Well, in addition to a baby’s smile and my beautiful dog excited and running up to greet me, my friends warm my heart. Though most of my nearest and dearest friends are on the mainland (far from me on Kauai), I am rich in friendships – people who nurture me and show me an abundance of love. They warm my heart and fill my soul with a sincere love I cherish.

I decided to post this here because, more now than ever before, I find myself having conversations with people about “connecting.” We talk about how easy it is to just have a conversation with some, but with others it’s like pulling teeth. And how, when you make that connection, it feels so comforting, not to mention, rewarding.

As I wrote above, I cherish the connections I have with my lifelong friends and look forward to developing and nurturing the ones I’ve made more recently – many of which have been the result of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. A simple tweet or post results in a phone call and new friendships blossom.

So what warms your heart? Why not pick up a pen (or sit at your keyboard) and write about it? Then, please share it here, won’t you?