Angel and Kendra: Joyful Waters Run Deep
If you spend five minutes with Angel and Kendra, you'll see what all the so-called relationship experts mean when they say that "play" is an important part of a vibrant relationship. Laughter, joy, flirtation, making damn fools of themselves without a concern in the world about what anyone else might think...they've got play down to an art form. These two will never, ever get bored when they're around each other. PS - Angel is as easily distracted as a puppy, so if she was bored, we'd all know it.
It's easy to meet people like these and assume that they have easy, simple lives. There's got to be a reason why Angel and Kendra find it so easy to laugh, you might think. They don't have hardship! They're probably rolling in money or living charmed lives! Easy for people like that! Nope, nope and nope. I know my couples deeply and well, and I can tell you that these two have more than their share of day-to-day challenges, pains, struggles and obstacles to overcome.
Spend even a few hours with these ladies and you quickly see that their joy is a choice. That their joy is a byproduct of a steady, intense, unquestioning, fierce loyalty to each other and to nurturing a collective life that is intentional and honest and good. To view nearly everything through a lens of growth and change and faith. It's not shallow, it's not unknowing; it's not naïve, and it's not oblivious. It's deep joy...true joy...the choosing of joy...the kind of joy that never leaves you and never runs out. It's a wellspring.
That's why I spent this session in beautiful Rock Creek Park...with tears in my eyes, laughter hurting my cheeks and the swelling of a full, full heart. The Universe brings me the best humans.