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03.24.2021 (24 Days Ago)
The Freckled Strawberry
Looking for Simplicity
Looking for Simplicity
24 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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Today feels complicated. Close your eyes and think about 10 years ago. What do you see? Who bubbles up for you? Anything special that surfaces? Even 5 years ago seemed so much simpler. A cuppa frothy cappuccino from Small World in Princeton, sitting outside, taking in the morning air, whilst people bustled about. It won’t be long now before I see my friend Dana, drifting about Nassau Street. She was always deep in thought, contemplating the meaning and purpose of life. With dreamy tears in her eyes, she’d share this amazing inspiration of reflection and purpose she felt on her way to see me and disclose the theme of her next book. Always magical and creative. The human interaction of it all, so profound, yet simple. Am I getting older and reminiscing about how things used to be, or are things really drastically different? An afternoon of visiting with a friend, sipping a cup of coffee, and diving into a meaningful conversation sounds heavenly. Long gone are the days of spontaneous conversation with a complete stranger. Making new friends doesn’t feel natural, it feels synthetic and artificial. Is it me, or are we filling our lives with distraction, until we can enjoy the cuppa frothy cappuccino again with friends, or even a complete stranger? Today, talking in line at Panera requires an awkward, yet necessary 6 feet of social distance. More space, more technology, more synthetic material. Lecture halls, attending orchestra, museum tours, art, science, and natural chemistry. Give me those things. Tell me what bubbles up for you...
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  •  Fred wrote 24 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    The return to all of that bubbles up to me at the end of the tunnel!
     
       
     
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 24 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I was asked the other day by one of my team how I was meeting people. He remembered my stories of making friends "on lines" and it occurred to me that I now make them "online." I look forward to the former and am grateful for the latter.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 24 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We have definitely had to work a little harder lately. And I definitely feel the sentiment that it shouldn’t have to be “work.” But like Shelley, I am grateful for new opportunities to connect. I am grateful for technology which allows me to stay close to my kids, scattered from New York to Minneapolis to Virginia. And I recently did some thing I wanted to do my whole life. As I shared with the (wonderful new) Encores group earlier this week, I have joined a pottery studio and I’m learning how to throw clay. Not only is it a wonderful creative outlet, but I have met a whole new community of lovely people. Unexpected new friendships where I wasn’t expecting it!
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 24 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I do miss some of the live interaction. But I feel the change back to what was is coming. Patience is sometimes a tough one to maneuver.
     
       
     
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