My heart smiles more … because of you Jack – Jackie – Jackson! And I thought that today, on the occasion of your birthday, would be a good time to honor and acknowledge a few of the ways that my soul is tickled by your exquisite existence.
While the light in your soul is always on and ever twinkling … my heart smiles a little bigger on the mornings I arrive to work and see the light on in your office too. The soft glow beaming from your window is so inviting … beckoning me to enjoy all the ‘little touches’ of heart and humanity that grace your office … tempting treats on the table, birthday balloons honoring your colleagues, coffee station thoughtfully re-stocked, and attention to various other details too numerous to mention. All of this, along with your warm smiles, richly reflects the benevolent beauty of your spirit.
And so, often before the sun is up, there we are … sipping coffee while I enjoy my daily eggy sandwich … deliberately delaying the inevitable clamor of the daily workload and very purposefully disrupting the chaotic pace that often impedes our capacity to connect with each other at more meaningful levels. But for me, connecting heart-to-heart like that is one of the most nourishing ways to fortify a firm foundation upon which to build and balance the rest of my day. So, thank you Jack for bringing so much ‘light’ to my world … both figuratively and literally!
My heart also smiles more because you are so deeply committed to exuding love and fostering kindness in this world! And I see you achieving that goal in the manner that Gandhi so very sagely suggested … you are being the change you wish to see in the world! I know I am not alone when I say that you are one of those unique individuals that people feel truly blessed to have in their circles. I can feel you holding others with such tender care and compassion. I can see you stretching your heart to gently cradle people’s fragile spirits and/or tend to their wounded souls. And, personally, I always feel deeply nurtured in your presence … and … for that I am truly grateful.
And, in keeping with that, my heart smiles more because you are so incredibly intuitive! It seems you can somehow tap into the wisdom of the Universe. You instinctively sense things that most people don’t notice. You tune into things that most people might not recognize. And, you can see into people’s ‘inner being’ in such a unique and empathic way. And, by doing so, you awaken a sense of security and safety for those in your midst. And that is such a delightfully rare gift to our humanity. And so, on behalf of so many of us, I thank you for that deep knowing.
And my heart smiles more when I see your social work studies inspiring your determination to hold hands with those who have lost their way and to stand in solidarity with those who have lost their voices. And I love that we can share in the passionate pursuit of social justice … finding more space in our hearts for recognizing the challenges that people may be enduring, and investing more energy into resisting the dominant places where power and privilege can unfavorably continue to marginalize and oppress so many ‘others’. Your altruistic intentions are a genuine blessing to so many.
And my heart smiles more … often inspiring laughter until my cheeks hurt … because somehow you are adeptly able to juxtapose your thoughtful and wise ways with the most phenomenal sense of humor. You never cease to amaze me with your quick wit and clever comebacks. You are just so darn funny! There is no denying that much of the levity and laughter and light in our workplace is often fostered by you … 🙂
So Jack … let me be crystal clear … my heart smiles more because of all that you are and all that you bring to our planet. I could say so much more … but please know that I am so grateful our paths have crossed. I look ever forward to the moments we get to amble along this journey with each other … knowing that the story of my life would not be as rich or rewarding without you in it! Its all made so much better because of you …
And so, my heart is smiling even more today because it is your birthday!!! And, I am hoping you can let these sincere sentiments land comfortably in your beautiful heart. May this little note expressing my fond appreciation add to the joys and delights and blessings of your celebration today! Happy, happy, happy birthday beautiful one!
With much love and heartfelt gratitude for your birth, Karen
P.S. Get ready to spend some time embracing your awesomeness … I’ll explain later! ❤
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