I go to my office to photocopy some documents and I find in my mailbox
there, the most beautiful little thank you card and note from
Ginger Wilcox thanking me for the little book I’ve sent her (for
her win in the Inspiration contest) and as I read it, my heart warms and a feeling of joy spreads through my cells as I realize, I’m surrounded by brilliance.
Later in the day I read Chris Elizabeth's Griffith's post about handwritten letters and what we are losing when we no longer send them. I realize, through reading Chris' post and how right she is, that there are still people who truly know how touching and valuable a handwritten letter or note is.
Thinking on the hand written notes and letters I've received this month from people who value me and their connection to me, I realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by such brilliance as there is to be found in these people who are a part of my life.
I drive north an highway 37 , the colours of fall set beautifully against a blue sky and as I cross the bridge that runs over the Moira River, I gaze upstream and am
struck by the sheer, breathtaking beauty of the orange and red
maples reflected in the lazy river’s surface and once again, my
heart grows as I realize, I’m surrounded by brilliance.
Pulling into the circular driveway of the secluded Cape Cod home
my clients are buying, I gaze at the backdrop of the yellow and
orange maple covered hill and the small group of happy, laughing
people standing outside. They are my clients and the home inspector
and they wave as I pull up and as I get out of my car and approach
them, they all stop their conversations and come towards me with
greetings and wonderful smiles and I am struck at their beauty and
grace and how I am surrounded by brilliance , once more.
I sit on the old, stone garden ledge talking with my client and
her daughter and while the men are in the house discussing
building technicalities and I hear my client tell me stories of
her miraculous life and triumph over adversity, I realize once
more how I am surrounded by brilliance.
As I stand in the kitchen listening to the home inspector with
my clients and their daughter and son-in-law and grandson,
my client approaches me and hugs me as she says to me, out
of the blue, ‘I think the world of you. You’re like another daughter to me.’
I’m so touched by this gesture she has shown me, that I begin to sense once more that feeling
one has when one knows that all is right with the world and you are exactly where you are
supposed to be. Standing in the kitchen, time stands still and brilliance from every voice and
heart infuses me once more. I’m surrounded by brilliance.
I visit my Mother to bring her two 10 lb bags of beets that she has
asked me to pick up for her so she can make her yearly batch of pickled beets. Her winter home is as fresh and clean as always and as she places the freshly washed screen back in it’s place in the living room window, she steps down from the chair she has been standing on and comes towards me with a welcoming smile and hello and warm hug and kiss on my cheek.
She is as joyful and happy as always.
We sit and share the weeks events and her happiness is palpable as she says ‘Well, don’t you notice anything different?’ I think to myself I do notice something different.
She seems younger and more vibrant than the last time I saw her a few weeks ago. I don’t know how to say that so I look around the room and say ‘No, I don’t.’
She says ‘Don’t you notice how fresh and clean the air smells?’. I tell her it always smells this way in her home. She proudly announces to me that she has quit smoking for over a week now. I am overjoyed and beside myself as my smile breaks out across my face and the glow she is wearing makes her appear 20 years younger and almost like a teenage girl again. I am surrounded by brilliance.
I take my dear friend Tom Braatz's picture
of his son and farm (he has just learned how
to post pictures and is very proud of himself)
from his farming days and lighten it up on my
picture program since all I was initially able to see
when I read his post was a picture of steers and a
farm field due to the settings on my computer.
As I lighten the picture up, a handsome young boy
comes into view looking proud and serene standing
inbetween two fenced areas; one holding sheep and
I feel how proud Tom is of his son, Spencer, and
rightly so. My heart is so greatly touched by the love
a parent can have for their child and once again I realize I’m surrounded by brilliance.
I check my statcounter to find out where my readers are coming from these
days and am intrigued to see a long line of flags from foreign countries …France, Germany, Switzerland, and so on.
Why is this happening all of a sudden, I wonder?
I look at the link that one of them has accessed my blog through and I wonder about it as it is one that I have never seen before. I click on it and am astounded to see it lead to Paulo Coelho’s blog.
I wonder how someone is accessing my blog though Paulo Coelho’s.
Then I find it.
Paulo, one of the finest and most widely read writers of our time (and in my opinion, currently one of the most insightful spiritual guides the world has to offer) has linked to one of my Active Rain posts in his blog. I am so touched by this and once again as my heart fills with a wonder that I can only describe as love, I realize that I am surrounded by brilliance.
Now, as I close this post, I turn my head slowly to the right and rest
my eyes on the distant, westerly horizon
of soft pinks fading into a peach and
grey, early evening sky.
Such amazement finds it self entering
every corner of my being, that I am struck speechless once again.
I am totally at peace and beyond the
state of happiness as I realize once
again, that no matter where I've gone
or what I have done this week, this day
and this moment, I’ve been surrounded by brilliance.
As I write these words for my first post in
over a week and half, I am thinking of
everyone here who I admire so greatly.
Such heart, such soul, such talent, such
caring and such love. As I hit post and
the feeling of accomplishment comes
over me, I smile to myself softly and
my eyes glaze over once more, as I reflect on the quote I read today,
"Brilliance~When a collection of brilliant minds, hearts, and talents come together...expect a
Acitve Rain, the masterpiece. My experience here is one beyond description and as I hit post and
give thanks for all of you, I realize once more, I'm surrounded by brilliance.
Jo-Anne Smith, the author of this article, is a REALTOR® with Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty, Brokerage, in Belleville, Ontario and welcomes your real estate inquiries. To contact her, visit www.QuinteRegionRealEstate.com