What the world needs: Lovers.

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. it needs people who live well in their places. it needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.

— David Orr

But all my lovers turn to friends.

“What happens is that you tend to gather around you very different types of people. It’s impossible to please everyone all the time, and even more so when you have to meet such varied expectations. The opinions that one person agrees with are not the same ones the other person wants to hear; the problem is that they’re both sitting at your table. Next time you wonder why is it that you seem to attract so much hate, remember this.”

You have to be kind.

“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.“

– Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar 

You talk like a man and taste like the sun.

My neighbour has gifted us two small tomato plants in return for something we’ve done for him (I have no idea what). Didn’t have the heart to tell him I have absolutely no idea on how to look after these things. I’m a lazy gardener at  best and not at all interested in growing food, but I’ll give it a go – until they’re finally dead and ready for the bin.

But will you look at my huge, lavender roses? Too beautiful.

The boy’s carbonara never fail to delight, the new decking has made the garden useable again, I had a truly ghastly experience with Starbucks’ new summer beverage (should have stuck with my beloved strawberries and cream frappuccino) but this sunset has cheered me up.

T’was a good day. The cat agrees.