“A kind old lady in Vermont said to us, ‘This year, the leaves are extra bright. It’s because of the drought. The stress put on the trees brings out their brightest colors‘. The harder the year, the brighter the leaves. The harder the life, if given the wisdom and luck to process it right…the brighter the smile, the deeper the empathy, the broader the kindness.”
I love following Jedidiah Jenkins on Instagram. This past week he his friend, Ruthie, took a road trip through Vermont, courtesy of Landrover. (What a dream gig, huh?)
In one of his captions he talked about how Ruthie, who was in a horrible car accident her senior year of high school, now lives with an incredible amount of chronic pain- but you’d never know it because “she doesn’t lead with her pain…she leads with her smile“.
I loved that. The idea that someone could lead with their smile…and that he notices she does. He went on to say, “She teaches me the value of suffering. The cost of the brightness of our leaves“.
That last line (and the ones at the top of this post) had me thinking all afternoon, so I thought I’d share it here for Thought-Full Thursday. Hope it’s interesting/inspiring for some of you to think on too. XO
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