To the ones who pick up the phone, send the texts, check in and ask how you’re doing.
To the ones who whisper and tell us on repeat, “We are ok. We don’t have to accomplish anything.”
To the ones who are seeking validation and a space to share your story.
To the ones aching for community.
To the ones who want more, better, beauty.
To the compassionate ones crying in your cubicles.
Our world makes you small when your heart beats so big you don’t know how to handle it.
To the ones listening and leaning in.
To the ones who are haunted and hoping and hurting and here.
To the ones who bend and smell the roses and fill your arms with blooms in the garden, sorting weeds from the tiny blossoms of potential.
To the ones who buy themselves the peonies and bring their friends bread.
Caring for ourselves and our friends is a radical act.
To the ones who sit on blue benches whispering this just sucks.
To the ones who have loved and lost and to those who are waiting.
To the ones swirling to make sense of things.
To those who want to be seen.
Tonight, you are beautiful to me.