Friday, March 23, 2012

gratitude, life's simple gifts, and feeling connected

My BIL Joe (TL's bro) and I have a very special relationship.  Since I met him, he's always intrigued me.  He's really smart.

He loves to read, research, and explore so many things.  I love having conversations with him (sometimes they can be over my head, i'll admit) - but often times, I learn something new or look at something differently because of his thoughtful approach.  We don't always agree, but I like that.

Recently, Joe and I have had a few really wonderful conversations.  I don't mean "the sky is blue" or "how are you" convos... I mean the full blown lets talk about life conversations that can be hard to have with others.  More recently, one of those talks lasted for hours.

I am so lucky to have him as my BIL.  I love him dearly and I am so happy that we have formed a special bond and that we can talk about life and our experiences with the trust that the other may not fully understand, but accepts us.

He is a genuine guy, with a really big heart.

A couple days ago, he sent me these two videos to watch.
One has a very intellectual feel about life and gratitude... the other has a more scientific feel about the universe and our role in it.  You may not fully agree or believe them (and that's okay), but they might make you look out your window and up at the sky.

They definitely make you think... and if you ever are feeling small, or down... watch these and remind yourself what a special part you have in the world. :)  Let me know your own thoughts about them.  (The second one down has an interesting message)


"Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes that you can open.  That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment."
love that quote.
Me and Joe.

Have a wonderful weekend.

14 comments:

amourissima said...

Love this. Thanks for sharing!

KRISTIN said...

Wow, so cool. Amazing that you have that kind of relationship with your BIL, that's great!

JMB said...

Beautiful videos sissybelle! My favorite was the second one! This guy could talk me to sleep but not because he is boring but because he is SO SOOTHING - LOVE the "oh, my God" part :) Have a great weekend gorgeous girl! xoxo

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Love that quote. Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

Trishski said...

Oh... that second video has left me awe struck. Thanks for giving me so much to think about today. Think I will go for a walk and take a look around.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That is so great you have such a strong relationship with your BIL! I have some downtime in the car today so I'm going to watch these video on my ipad - I'm excited to watch them both!

pageonpaper said...

Thanks for reminding us that we all play a special part in the world! :)

Lori said...

Wow Tracy ~ these were both powerful in different ways ~ I loved them both. It is so great that you have such a great relationship with your BIL ~ sounds like a special one. Have a wonderful week-end. xo

Talia said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing! Simply amazing and so powerful...

Jenna said...

People who can challenge you without judging you are so special in life. Joe seems like one of those people for you :)

Thanks for sharing these videos, going to watch them now!

xxx
Jenna

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That's so wonderful that you have a great relationship with him. I'm sure TL loves that you guys are close. I hope I can always be close to Josh's sister.

Allison said...

It's always interesting to hear different points of views and to learn from others like that. I watched most of both videos, and I guess I just don't have such a feeling of interconnectedness with the world. I definitely am not a scholar on any of it--I've never had the urge to learn more about the scientific phenomena though. Thanks for sharing! :)

Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing Tracy and to Joe for helping everyone see the beauty in thing! I reposted!

kimberly @ lush lounge said...

I love those long deep life talks. Theres just some people that are perfect for them.