On one of my most recent blog posts, a fellow blogger commented that she was struck by the numerous “soul-enhancing relationships” that she observed in my words and photos.
Her comment stayed with me. It was absolutely true.
My life is overflowing with ‘soul enhancing’ relationships. It’s the reason that I retired early (so that I could spend long stretches of quality time with family and friends).
The long-running Mastercard commercials remind us of the ‘priceless moments’ that money cannot buy. Our lives are filled with these moments. It is our job to recognize and treasure them.
The following is a sampling of photos taken during the last two+ years since I have been retired. To me, they effectively help to capture my most cherished gifts.
*My apologies to family and friends who do not appear in this photo sample. To Richard’s chagrin, I have just made a vow to take more photos!
Being blessed with such rich and meaningful relationships, how could I possibly want for more?
I am deeply aware of the exquisite and delicate nature of these gifts. They are gifts that can never be ‘possessed’ but must be actively nurtured, cared for and appreciated. I wholeheartedly, and gratefully, accept this responsibility.
Thank you to the initiators of ‘Cherished Blogfest‘ for providing the platform, and the inspiration, for this post. I encourage you to visit the CBF site to check out further posts on this theme. If you would like to add your own ‘Cherished’ post, this Blogfest has now been extended until Sunday, October 22. You still have time to join in!
Oh, and if you haven’t watched much television since 1997, here is one of my favourite segments of the Mastercard ‘Priceless’ commercials.