– JO –
Have you ever seen that movie "How to lose a guy in 10 days" with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey? In it, Kate's character (a magazine columnist) buys Matthew a "love fern" in one of her many attempts to 'turn off' her potential suitor, Matthew (an ad exec who's out to prove he can win any girl in ten days). If he was to let the "love fern" die, it would be a sign that he also wasn't paying enough attention to their relationship, and wanted their love to die. Sometimes (as a nod to the film, which is from 2003... but still pretty hilarious) I buy my friends love-ferns, and this LOVE FERN is for you my Jo.
As a friend, she is the most dependable, constant, rock of a woman. We've been talking lately about people who come into your life for reasons, seasons and lifetimes – and I'm grateful that she is one of the beautiful lifetime friends that I am so lucky to have in my life. And at work, she has the exact same tenacity, resilience and dependable qualities that she has as a friend. She is loyal, steadfast and faithful. She constantly works more than her fair share in the office, and I think it's largely because of her dependability. She truly has a work ethic second to none – sometimes working until she falls in a heap. I genuinely don't think she has the ability to do ANYTHING in life in a half-hearted way, and it's one of the things the I love most about her. She's the friend who throws herself into life with all she's got, and work is no different. I'm not always sure where she gets all her energy from, but I'm grateful for it, and for her huge huge heart, that she shares with everyone she meets.
I once read an article about dating (because I'm either hopelessly romantic, or romantically hopeless... hard to say hehe) by Mark Manson which was about the "FUCK YES OR NO" theory. As in, why would you EVER accept any "greyness" in your life? So the theory was that if you didn't have the "FUCK YES" I want to do this feels, and/or if you weren't receiving any "FUCK YES I really like you" signals form your potential partner, you shouldn't go there. The theory definitely hit home with me (the article is from 2013 I think but I still remember it) – but I think it applies to more than just the fun (?!) world of dating and matters of the heart. It definitely also applies to work as well... I've never understood why anyone would do a job unless they wanted to do it really well or unless it made someone happy.
SO thank you Jo, for the whole-hearted way that you work. Thank you for the whole-hearted way that you holiday, love, adopt, rescue and offer your friendship.
A here's cheers to all the people that do what they do with all their hearts.
"WHATEVER YOU ARE, BE A GOOD ONE". – Abraham Lincoln
The Maidenhair Fern is used medicinally by Native Americans.
Uses include treatment for rheumatism,in a lotion for bumblebee and centipede stings. The Navajo people also smoke it or take it internally to treat mental illness.