He stands before me, t-shirt and jeans, looking as if he would rather be anywhere else. Yet here he is. And I find myself wondering if there is any warmth in his life? If he ever feels wrapped in warmth such that he can relax his guard, kick back, and just… be?
I will likely never have an answer to my questions, but I hope that he feels warmth in his life again as I know he once did. I know that I can infuse my surroundings and life with as much warmth as possible, and maybe, just maybe, that will thaw those who are around me, if only just a bit.
Warmth… My daughter spotted the first blooms of spring on a tree behind our house this morning, the latter part of February being warm enough to provoke the trees to waken from their winter slumber.
Our cats are often found basking in the sun or sitting by windows soaking up the warmth and possibly anticipating a day when the windows will once again open allowing them that much closer to the birds and the feel of wind in their fur.
My daughter and I shed winter coats favoring sweat shirts and jackets, enjoying our walks and the play of sun in the trees and shadows cast on sidewalks and lawns.
The world around us is warming from a somewhat chill filled winter… I celebrate this warmth and find myself drawn to the warmth that we can give to others.
Sometimes the most amazing feeling in the world, no matter the weather, is a warm exchange between people – a hug, a smile, the acknowledgement of a lifted hand or a friendly wave.
We can give warmth with a genuine invitation to someone into our homes or our lives or… the community. Warmth is spread through gratitude, appreciation, and acknowledging others and by staying open to see the wonder of each and the world.
My guess is that we each know what it is to feel a little cold inside; my guess is that we all have felt the warmth that comes from a hand held, a hug, a little help, compassion… That feeling we have when we are with someone or in a place that loves us and holds us no matter what.
What brings warmth to your life?
How do you give warmth to others?
RAOKA is founded on the idea that we can do little things to make a difference. The little things in life, the little things that we all can do and do daily – like laughter, express passion, gratitude… These acts are noted by various people in accordance with a theme chosen each month. The theme for February is "Warmth"!
If you are interested in participating in the RAOKA movement, please contact Zeenat, the lovely keeper of the RAOKA torch!
Other Raoka Crusaders and their WARMTH submissions(
~Tim @ 360 Degree Self wrote RAOKA: Palm Tree State of Mind
~Gayze @ Gazehounds Animal Communications wrote RAOKA for February: Warmth