close, for comfort

From as early as I can remember I have always lived close to people that have mattered to me. But the question is: was I lucky those friends lived close by, or did they become my friends because they did? I don't know that it matters, really.

This video was taken on the micro-walk from my best friend's house to mine, which takes a total of, well, under a minute. Proximity can be a blessing or a curse, but I can honestly say I have never had it work to the negative, thank goodness.

I like being close to church, and school, and work, and the market (all of which I can walk to). It is handy. It makes life just a little easier. I appreciate it immensely in the busy life that I lead.

Do I let things that are not physically nearby become close to me? How can I get better at that? I know I need more than the convenient. Sometimes the faraway things can move right next door if I let them. Personal reflecting time. Scriptures. Family. God. I need to shrink my "world" and welcome these new neighbors.


April | July 31, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Well said. I tend to be on the claustrophobic side. I don't like being this way, but I am working on it! You amaze me!

Melanie Jacobson | August 1, 2009 at 9:48 AM

This is something I need to work on for sure.

Dedee | August 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Hmmm. I need to do this too. . .

Dedee | August 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

P.S. That creak was beautiful!

Midge | August 1, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Excellant. It is easier at times to keep enjoyable, fun, flighty things close rather then the deep, sometimes hard, maybe a bit uncomfortable things. (btw, I saw my house :))

Lara Neves | August 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

I really love your ability to find Gospel questions and answers in everyday life.

Excellent food for thought...especially as I venture far away from all things I love next week!

Linde | August 1, 2009 at 8:58 PM

That is great you have someone you like to be with so much, living so close.

Yep, I agree--with shrinking my world to the things that are most important and bringing them closer to me.

heather | August 1, 2009 at 10:28 PM

What a great thought.

LisAway | August 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

What a cute house and a lovely neighborhood.

I definitely need to make room for some much needed neighbors, too. Great thought.

Kimberly Vanderhorst | August 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM

What a beautiful insight!

Luann | August 13, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Okay, so after being absent for most of the summer, I'm dipping my toe back into the blogosphere. This is my first stop and what a perfect surprise to find such honor here. Fighting tears.

For the record, I didn't live across the street when we became friends. Back then I lived a whole 4 blocks away. ;)

I love you, Kazz.

Little GrumpyAngel | August 13, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I've been gone so long, I missed so many great posts. This one is beautiful. My family has lived away from love ones for many, many years now. I have learned to keep them close though far and I hope I am translating this well into the spiritual aspect of my life.