I don't know why exactly, but there is something about the spill of early light across autumn leaves that makes me immensely content. The golden tones are so warm and promising, and every thing about the quiet beauty of it speaks of peace and the huge okayness that undergirds all of life.
There is a great acceptance in a good friendship that doesn't come in any other human relationship. Partnerships, love, family -- those all come with expectations. We need the other to be the person who can be and act and behave in a certain way to meet our needs for us. But with friendships, we are free to just notice and appreciate other people, taking them just as they are, and not needing to change anything about them.