Today is a big day in our family – my sister is getting married! In a time when traditions are ever changing and evolving, weddings have remained an event unlike any other. Family and friends travel from miles away to celebrate the union of two people. Two people who have chosen to merge their lives to form one. From this day forward, they will approach the world differently, knowing there is always someone in their corner. Knowing there will always be someone who will share the responsibilities with so that the weight of “life” will now fall squarely on four shoulders instead of two.
A wedding is not only the joining of two individuals, but also the connecting of two families. Two families that previously did not know each other, come together in the name of love and form a unique bond. In fact, everyone in attendance, family and friends are there not only as witnesses to this special occasion, but as a promise to support this couple.
Throughout the ceremony and reception, people will sit with others they have never met before. In our daily lives, meeting a stranger can be awkward. We may be reluctant to speak to them, choosing instead to carry on with our day. But at a wedding, people walk in “strangers” and leave friends. You have an instant connection. When you meet the other guests, you get to skip all the formalities, if you are a friend of the couple, you are a friend of mine. Love brings us all together and along with it comes instant acceptance. It makes me wonder what would happen if we approached every stranger we met as if we were both guests at a wedding?
And then after all the formality and tradition, it will be time to dance. Everyone will be able to let loose and have fun. In a day that will be filled with so many joyful moments, when the dancing begins it will be a joy explosion. For so many of us, dancing is not something we do on a regular basis and that is a shame. People dancing together create an undeniable and contagious energy that makes it impossible not to smile and want to be a part of it.
The sun is starting to come up and this sleeping house will be waking up soon, so I have to wrap this up. You may not be going to a wedding like I am, but the thoughts and feelings can still apply to you today:
Life is meant to be shared with family and friends.
Greet a stranger as if you have friends in common.
Turn up the music and dance.
Love always wins.
Heart-FULLy and Joy-FULLy Yours,
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