Wander with ravenous heart

Say thank you and please

Look up from your phone

Sit in your favorite place with nothing to do but watch a human parade

Smile at dogs and children

Learn to sniff out joy

Hold hands while crossing the street

Wish everyone a good day, even if they’re distracted, especially when they’re terse

Consider skipping instead of walking

Eat whatever tastes like love

Buy yourself flowers

Deliver surprise packages and words of kindness

Sing along to your favorite soundtrack like you’re the star of the show

Expect delight first

Follow the ripening scent

Be extravagant, outrageous, unrestrained … with each spark that yearns to flame

Call just because

Keep a sanctuary

Speak a wild dream out loud

Bless each grumpy, sad, tired face you see

Leave voice mail love notes

Pack lightly and always for adventure

Find the people who make you laugh — keep them close

Talk to yourself like you would your lover or best friend

Marvel at the light on a budding leaf, through a slate of clouds, in a stranger’s eyes

Choose the honest word

Let yourself be carried by something bigger than you

Prepare to be kissed, by sun, by rain, by softness

Have a solo dance party

Share all of you

Make coffee, make art, make peace

Beam your aliveness like a message from beyond

Praise the small, good thing


14 thoughts on “Prescription

  1. My wistful tender force-of-nature friend, I just posted this to my timeline as your Christmas kiss for the whole wide world! You cradle my heart with each carefully chosen word . . . Forever love is like that


    • And I love, love, LOVE you, most glorious friend, and your creative soul…which you have so wisely and bravely gifted with the space to stretch and play and lean into what brings you joy. There is such sweet fruit waiting for you to harvest.


  2. Wow,Naila,this is amazing!! You get better and better with each piece you write. Every one of these thoughts/ suggestions could be the subject for a time of meditation. I especially love “leave voice mail love notes”. Oh how I miss them now that everything comes in text! In fact I’ve been thinking of getting rid of my landline phone but what stops me are the “voice mail love notes” I’ve saved there.
    Keep the writing coming😘


    • Thank you so much, Laura! This means so much, knowing how long you’ve been a companion to my writings…sometimes there’s nothing like hearing a warm, loving voice in a voicemail. It’s the one thing I wish I had from my Dad – just one message with his voice. What a treasure that would be.


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