What the Heart Needs ~ A Common Language

Lifes a Breeze by Nancy Medina
Life’s a Breeze Peonies, 16X16, oil, sold

Check out the beautiful encounters shared by you, my readers, at the end of this blog post, stories about real life angels. Share your story here as a comment, I love hearing from you!

As the temperatures get crazy hot in Texas, as the news continues to suppress and sadden, I’ve been thinking of strangers I’ve met over the years who became friends, despite many miles of separation. There is something every place in the world seems to have in common: Little things matter. I remember the elderly French man in his flower garden, who offered us plants in pots to take home as a remembrance. The Italian mother who invited me into her home and fed me lasagna, because she wanted me to have a place to rest after I had learned my little dog Annie back home was grievously ill. The people of Barcelona who took in and comforted my US friends the day after September 11, during a gathering I missed because all flights, including mine, had been canceled. The teachers at King’s College in London who cared for me shortly after my father’s death. These tiny kindnesses are the biggest memories I carry from those travels.

Tranquility. In Italian, tranquillata. In French, tranquillite. In three languages, these words are almost identical. It’s the little things that bind us together and connect us to one another, requiring no common language. Small kindness, and an acknowledgment of what we share: Life on this planet.

If you have a memory of a shared kindness, I would love to hear from you. Share your story here and you’ll be in the drawing for a fine art print next week, you beautiful art friend, you! Congratulations to Kathe Altazan, who shared a comment last week, a fine art print of French Window Peeper  Geraniums is on its way to you, Kathe!

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Nancy Medina

Nancy is a master signature artist and instructor with over 1800 online students from around the world. She has worked with Disney, served on the art faculty of the Dallas Arboretum, and teaches workshops in France, Italy and across the US. More about Nancy

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  1. My mom, my sister, and I were traveling through Topeka, Kansas headed back to Alabama in 1973. We got so lost. I finally knocked on a door to ask directions. The young couple invited us in, made hot chocolate, called a motel to make a reservation, then had us follow them to the motel. It was such a sweet thing to do for some tired and stranded travelers.

    • Becky isn’t it funny how those memories never seem to fade! I love how life sprinkles angels along our paths when we need them most.

  2. My husband and I had just heard our neighbor’s father had passed away unexpectedly. We were heart broken, we knew him well. I didn’t feel like cooking, so we went to a restaurant not far away for dinner. There was a couple at another table we did not know, had never seen before. I told my husband “I just want to buy their dinner. It will make me feel better.” He didn’t argue with me. We bought a strange couple’s dinner that night, and told our waitress “when they ask why, just tell them to do it for someone else. Just be kind, pay it forward, because sometimes that’s all we have left.”

  3. When I was about 17, a group of about 6 or 7 of us had gone camping at my parents property in upstate New York. When we left for home, a thunderstorm came up. It was very dark and the rain made it hard to see. I put my turn signal on to pull out from the small road on to the highway. As I did that, a car came up behind me flashing its headlights. They pulled up beside us and shouted that the on ramp was not there, but a few feet ahead. I pulled up further and just as I made the turn, lightning flashed and I could see that had I turned at the first opening, we would have driven off a cliff and I would have killed everyone in the car. I looked back to see where the other car went and it was gone.there were no other cars on the road before or after that. Thank God they stopped us. I am forever grateful to those unknown drivers who saved us.

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