All we really want is to be known. To be called by name, to be important, to be loved. I could even go as far as to say that being loved is being known.
Recently my husband and I traveled across the country to Seattle, Washington. Sure, we wanted to explore the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to see the Space Needle and ride the Great Wheel (and sweat through my shoes because of how high over the water it was). The deciding factor on visiting Seattle, though, was to visit a restaurant that is known for its hospitality- for knowing people, for loving people.
Upon walking in, the staff were expecting us. I actually have a friend who had previously done research on this restaurant, and she told me that they sit down together every single night and talk about the people who will soon be walking through the doors and why they are coming. Cayley, the dining room manager, was expecting Mr. and Mrs. Josh Kelly to walk through the doors at 7pm for Josh's 27th birthday. And as we walked through the threshold, we became family.
We were looked in the eye when spoken to. We were asked about our lives in genuine curiosity. We had interactions with our servers as if we had known them our entire lives. We were loved on. We were served. We were truly treated like royalty.
Needless to say, we were depressed to return home. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that what the Canlis family does for its guests is not hard. It's rare, but it's not hard.
It's about offering the best that you have. That sounds exhausting, but the truth is, it takes more work to think negatively and go out of your way to be unkind. If someone cuts you off on the highway, it takes more effort (and gas) to speed up and glare at them than it would to just continue in your lane and move on. What I mean by offering the best we have is simply to choose to love people and give them the best sides of ourselves. To get to know them. To celebrate them and to cry with them. To be human with them. The natural state of our souls was among community. Some wise man once said that it's not good for us to be alone. And community happens when kindness and love are present.
Our family at Canlis reminded us of that simple truth a few weeks ago. They reminded us how easy it is to be kind and to love people. And being on the receiving end of their love and kindness, they reminded us how good it feels to be loved, to be important, to be known. So, now we're offering them the best that we have (at least in paper goods) and using our talents to say "thank you" in a genuine way. Josh and I wrote down every single waiter and waitress's name so that we could say to each of them, by name, "thank you" for reminding us of the best side of humanity.
This is my goal with calligraphy and design. To celebrate people, to say thank you, to keep us accountable and kind. Most of the prints that I make are to inspire, to provoke questions or thoughts, or to just simply encourage and bring light on the days that seem dark. This blog will be a place where I get to share stories with my followers and fans about the true meaning behind some of the pieces I create, and to hopefully encourage people like you who need a little happiness, kindness, and encouragement in a lost world.
Thank you for journeying with me here. Cheers to positivity and kindness!