there’s a story here: today, @juuliamiller
and myself hand-delivered special packages to fire victims, many who deserve the world but might only have scraps left of what used to be their home. Honest to goodness I’ll never post photographs to show off acts of kindness but here’s an exception ✨
Blessing begot blessing. My spirit renewed, fell, and rose all within a matter of one purposeful roadtrip and I was honored to have @juuliamiller
for a partner-in-kind. She’s effortlessly welcoming to others and her encouragement throughout the drive was enough to fill me up like a fat cup of @dutchbros
sweet iced coffee ☕️
2 and a half hours of highway each direction, 3 stops, 2 burgers and an extra tank of gas and the mission was fulfilled. I was moved; neither of us knew we would be driving thru Paradise itself on our way to the town of magalia from chico. . actually speechless.
Haunting. Ruin. Aftermath.
I knelt down among the rubble —surrounding rusting car skeletons and blackened acres of trees — once we stopped before leaving for good and ran my fingers thru it’s char and ash... I might have felt reality alter into a mix of compassion and regret. Admiration for the brave moving forward, regretting that it’s been so easy to move on and abandon our family, peers and survivors.
One of them, as she ran out to greet me on her front lawn, hugged me fiercely and handed me this beautiful flower 🙌🏼She says she didn’t know how to thank me or what to give us back in return, Julia reminded her nothing was expected but her smile, her radiance... the sheer determination to connect with a random stranger who was just wanting to love another human. This was the happiest moment our visit together. This was only the middle portion of our day. 🌸
Remember paradise fire, give heartily, these people - your neighbors - are going to thrive among community who refuse to let then go unseen and unheard.
Be the change, share your heart, sit in silence while someone cries bitterly and honor the heartbreak — because #thismatters
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