It had been a whirlwind of a day, long and busy, but I made it to my art class a bit ahead of time. Still, everyone else had already gathered in the next room. I could hear them talking and laughing, and as I took off my coat, I paused, struck by the unique tone of each voice. They were all speaking, all laughing in a lovely symphony. And just as I’ve sometimes picked out the sounds of specific instruments in a symphony, I could pick out each one of my friends’ voices. I knew exactly who was commenting, who was agreeing, who was questioning, who was groaning, who was chuckling. I wondered if they knew how beautiful each of their voices was. And how beautiful they sounded in conversation together.
Do you know how uniquely beautiful you are?
You are a poem.
You are a symphony.
You are a tree growing through the changes of each season.
You are seasons.
You are the path someone follows.
You are the footsteps.
You are a freshet, a river, an ocean.
You are tidal.
You are a story, an epic adventure.
You are a gatehouse, a shelter, an archive.
You are a garden,
You are a miracle, the grandest of magic.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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