You know, Dee tells me, it seems to me that humans worry about failing a lot.
We ride softly across the sand.
Huh, I tell him. You’re right. That’s definitely a thing.
Do you know, he continues, what the only true failures are?
I pause to let him go on.
Failures of kindness and failures of courage. Those are the only failures that really pain the spirit.
You’re right, I tell him, you’re right.
But you know the beautiful thing? He adds after a moment.
Those are both things that the heart can control.
We’re silent for a moment.
I feel like my heart just relaxed, I whisper to him.
It did, he tells me. It did.
Find the little moments that steer you towards joy, he drops in. Don’t let the big-ness of reality convince you that you have to be anything more than you are right now.
I won’t, I tell him. I won’t.
Onwards, Dee. Thanks for everything.